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2h 7min
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Synopsis:
From Oscar winning writer/director Adam McKay (The Big Short) comes 'Vice', an audacious and darkly comedic look at former US Vice President Dick Cheney's stealthy rise from Washington intern to the most powerful man on the planet. Oscar winner Christian Bale leads an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominees Steve Carell as the affable, yet steely Donald Rumsfeld, Amy Adams as Cheney's ambitious wife, and Oscar winner Sam Rockwell as the malleable George W. Bush. Spanning a half-century, Cheney's journey from rural Wyoming electrical worker to de facto President of the United States is a hilariously terrifying true tale of the use and misuse of institutional power.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt
Writers:
Adam McKay
Others:
Kate Biscoe, Greg Cannom, Hank Corwin, Nominees TBC, Patricia DeHaney
Studio:
EntertainmentOne
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Awards:

2019 BAFTA Best Editing

2019 Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling

BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2019
Run Time:
127 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Music Of Power
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2019
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Music Of Power
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery

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Reviews (4) of Vice

Tricksy, Conspiracy Theory Dick Cheney biopic - with a top performance by Welsh actor Christian Bale - Vice review by PV

Spoiler Alert
20/06/2019

Well Christian Bale was nominated for a best actor Oscar for this and maybe he should have won it AND the actor SAM ROCKWELL playing George W Bush certainly should have won a supporting actor Oscar for that (the black guy from Green Book stole that one for a phoned-in role to tick diversity boxes).

But the movie itself I found really slow and boring - I suppose if you're American, esp if you're a liberal who hates Cheney and Republicans, then you'll like this more. For me it was dull, and I had to rewind in parts and check subtitles not to miss anything in the montage. Watch HOUSE OF CARDS US version first 4 series or UK series for a brilliant drama. Not this.

It's all very tricksy and post-modern, thinking it's cleverer than it is! Like fake credits half way through, or the narrator 'twist' towards the end (NO SPOILERS) which is the same as the twist I have read in 3 separate novels! It's not that clever, really. Dull, yes, and TOO DAMN LONG.

Thing is, you could make a hatchet job like this about ANY politician - Obama, for example - and PLENTY of people have alcohol problems. Remember that the USA is a democracy and the people voted for Trump and George W too. In fact, I recently watched a movie re surveillance by the US govt (cannot remember the title) and Obama was fingered to that, allowing the CIA etc to monitor ALL emails and calls. I just do not believe the 'liberal conspiracy theory' either, no matter how much so many want to.

There's a silly bit after a few minutes of the end credits so watch on.

2 stars.

Glad when it finished.

1 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Rockwell is good. - Vice review by NC

Spoiler Alert
10/08/2019

Boring part of American history compared to other juicier bits that could choose. Bayle is twice the size of the Machinist role. Mumbles a lot. That does not mean you get an Oscar!

Sam Rockwell has played some very spooky parts. Still has the edge to him as Bush, but is the only light in the film. Carrell is with teeth set again.

Somebody trying to score points with a film by the looks. Quite a lot may be correct. Even more may be implied with smoke and mirrors. Who knows? Cheyney prob blown another valve when/if saw the film.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

American Politics - Vice review by JD

Spoiler Alert
21/08/2019

I disagree with most of the other reviews as I give this movie 4 stars and loved it.

Very clever script that combines mind blowing revelations about the dirty business of American Politics, with the humour of Cheney being promoted above his intelligence or pay grade - a frightening situation.

Christian Bale is superb, as usual, in fact the whole cast work well together.

The moral of the movie is NEVER TRUST A POLITITIAN. 

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Vice review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

I remember being so surprised and rattled by Adam McCay’s The Big Short. It wasn’t merely because McCay, most known for more raunchy comedy pictures, was able to push out a thoughtful historical bio-pic but also for how the film presents itself. The Big Short took aim at the big banking crash of 2007-2008 that provided a clever and angering picture of how corrupt and damaging banks were in trying to get as many loans out as possible. There are funny bits where Margot Robbie in a bathtub explains certain loans and angering ones where Steve Carrel gives a forlorn struggle to find the holes in the sinking ship, too late to do anything.

Now McCay turns his new style of film-making to the 2000's with the Vice Presidency of Dick Cheney. There’s a lot of ground to cover here and it all feels like fairly safe territory considering most of Cheney’s career focuses around business. And then there’s the whole ordeal with George Bush Jr. and his Presidency of flawed and messy tactics. And Donald Rumsfeld. And how the presidency handled 9/11. And war. And oil.

This isn’t the first time this weird legacy had attempted to be covered, as with the 2008 film W, comically documenting George Bush at the end of his presidency. It was a somewhat sloppy production but now with a decade to digest, perhaps McCay can sift through the muck of it all to make better sense of the events. He certainly has the cast for it. Christian Bale melts into the role of Cheney, donning thinning hair and a bigger belly to make that aged and winded figure come to a certain sort of life. Sam Rockwell perfectly plays Bush as a man who seems somewhat lost in the weeds as he tries to do what he believes is best, especially in a post-9/11 world. He relies on Cheney to spin the wheels of the campaign and the presidency, to such a disturbing degree that it appears Cheney provided more influence and damage than Bush could have ever hoped to achieve.

But so what? Is any of this new or revealing of the Bush/Cheney legacy that hasn’t already been divulged in countless documentaries, books, and revealing documents? It’s a shocking turn from the more vocal and alive appeal of The Big Short, where the usual style, vigor, and rage seem to have subsided. Rather than dig a little deeper to find the why and the emotional ravaging that Cheney brought to the political landscape, the film goes into a droning mode that seems more attuned to finding stuff for this ensemble cast to do than say anything all that interesting about the very sharp and scathing series of political events over the course of a decade.

Vice feels like such a waste for how much talent is present. Bale has set the bar extremely high as one of the best portrayals of Cheney I’d ever seen, albeit that it’s a low bar with so lukewarm satires over the years that don’t even come close. So why not make the film more about him? Why not drill down into this savage and savvy business man who plowed his way into politics and try to find something more? It’s even more unfortunate that McCay’s bag of tricks in taking on how problems of the past have shaped the world we live in today. To give you an idea of how embarrassing this dissection must’ve been, a deleted scene features Cheney’s strategies in a cafeteria being explained in the form of a musical number. That moment, if left in, would’ve given off a nasty aftertaste akin to The Greatest Showman, where the wool is pulled over your eyes, making you believe you have seen something politically astute when it’s more of a woeful waxing.

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