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  • 2018
  • R
  • 132min
  • 66%
  • 7.1 / 10

Radical changes do not just demand a transformative mind - they also require earnest willpower. That’s why when Halliburton Company CEO Dick Cheney gets a tight grip on the U.S. vice presidency, he musters every iota of courage to reshape his country and the world in varied and drastic ways.

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Widely regarded as the most influential political figure to take the vice president seat in the history of America, Dick Cheney’s path to public service was one filled with shortcomings, as seen in the film. But the hurdles he ran into did not stop him from pursuing the change he had always wanted to see in the world.

Before entering the political arena, Cheney was a two-time Yale dropout. Despite this, his college career did not reach an impasse. He returned to school and even finished a master’s degree in political science. Cheney was already set to finish a doctoral program when he took a plunge into the world of politics as a staff aide for Governor Warren Knowles, and it was not long until he took an internship job for the late Congressman William Steiger under Richard Nixon’s regime. Several political opportunities at the White House were offered to him in the following years. The rest, as they say, is history.

Vice movie review

The American political landscape was forever changed by the events of 9/11. For his pivotal role in the aftermath of the attacks, Dick Cheney became a powerful figure in American politics. Public perception of the former vice president is not favorable, to say the least, and the comedy-drama movie Vice wastes no time in portraying Cheney and his political machinations as just plain bad. Writer-director Adam McKay is no stranger to comedy. He served as the head writer for Saturday Night Live and directed the hit movies The Big Shot and the Anchorman series. His screenplay for Vice, however, is a bit of a hit-or-miss. Laughs are few and far between, and it ultimately lacks the insight and wit of an effective political satire – one that both entertains and provokes.

What the film lacked in substance, though, the actors more than made up for in execution. Multi-award-winning actor Christian Bale, famous for his method acting, transforms his body yet again to fit the role. From losing 63 pounds to play an emaciated insomniac in the movie The Machinist, Bale now went the other way and gained 40 pounds to portray Cheney. Beyond the physical, Bale does a great job in impersonating the former vice president. Amy Adams nicely complements Bale in her role as Lynne Cheney, transforming into the character in a quieter – but no less effective – way.

Supporting actors Sam Rockwell and Steve Carrell also enliven the film with their performances, often becoming scene-stealers in their own right. Dated as the film is in the days of the Bush era, it nevertheless manages to reflect on the current political climate of today. In the movie’s post-credits scene, it shows the worsening conflict between liberals and conservatives and the continuous rise of political apathy. Overall, the film manages to convey its desire to raise consciousness and incite rage among its viewers.


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Vice (2018) is a biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam McKay, who is renowned for directing the Anchorman franchise. McKay is also known for taking the world by storm with The Big Short (2016).

An in-depth look at prominent political figure’s journey, this film stars four-time Oscar nominee Christian Bale in the lead role, who also starred in The Fighter (2011) and American Hustle (2014). He plays former the United States Vice President Dick Cheney, who served from 2001 to 2009 under George W. Bush’s administration. This historical film also features Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Jesse Plemons, and Justin Kirk in supporting roles. It was budgeted at $60 million and earned $56 million at the box office.