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The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today
Comedy Drama - Like writer/director Adam McKay's previous fact-based film, The
Big Short this is not a straightforward biopic of former Vice
President Dick Cheney, but a darkly comedic take on his life, with a
lot of quirky and irreverent tweaks to the expected form. Fans of
Christian Bale will definitely savor this big showcase for his range,
and Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell have juicy supporting
roles. Language and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 22 F-words; 7 S-words; 8 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings, hits with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent tobacco and alcohol, including while driving. ACTION: Brief war combat. COMEDY: Darkly comic lines, situations, sight gags.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Vice feels like a documentary-wannabe that never achieves whatever it's trying to do. It rehashes events and information that have long been part of the public record and, despite the abundance of acting talent at director Adam McKay's disposal, none of the characters achieve escape velocity.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ..there's certainly an interesting story waiting to be told about the George W. Bush administration and the role Vice President Dick Cheney played in shaping the current state of our country. But this movie just isn't it. The film lacks insight, ingenuity, and intensity...
NY PostFull Review Very Good Billed as a dramedy, the film has plenty of "WTF” funny moments, but it's always laughter tinged with darkness. This is true of its characters, too... The banality of evil is at the core of McKay's film about the "monotone bureaucrat” whose low-key approach to redistributing governmental power in his own favor went largely unnoticed.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average What emotionally drove Cheney's unforgiveable actions? Bale suggests that Cheney was enthralled with an almost narcotic need for control, though McKay isn't willing to elaborate on this possibility. McKay mistakes his own fundamental lack of curiosity for satiric integrity.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 23 moviegoers:
These reviews vary so widely that they aren't going to be of much help. All they indicate is that your probability of truly enjoying "Vice" is LESS than 50%.
Spanning a half-century, Cheney's (Christian Bale) complex journey from rural Wyoming electrical worker to de facto President of the United States is a darkly comic and often unsettling inside look at the use and misuse of institutional power. In McKay's capable hands, the dichotomy between Cheney, the dedicated family man and political puppet master, is related with intimacy, wit and narrative daring. Guided by his formidable and unfailingly loyal wife, Lynne (Amy Adams) and mentored by the brusque and blustery Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), Cheney insinuated himself into the Washington D.C. fabric beginning with the Nixon administration, becoming White House Chief of Staff under Gerald Ford, and after five terms in Congress, Secretary of Defense for George H.W. Bush. In 2000, he left his position as C.E.O. of Halliburton to run as Vice President to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) with the implicit understanding that he would exercise almost unchecked control, a co-president in all but name. Cheney's cunning and furtive political maneuvering have altered the American political landscape in ways that will continue to reverberate for decades to come. But it is clear there is more than one Dick Cheney, a man whose reputation in the public Spector belies his private life and obvious devotion to his family.