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Vice

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7.22 h 12 min2018X-Ray15
Vice explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Directors
Adam McKay
Starring
Christian BaleAmy AdamsSteve Carell
Genres
ComedyHistoricalDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Sam Rockwell
Producers
Brad PittDede GardnerJeremy KleinerWill Ferrell
Studio
Entertainment One
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4.3 out of 5 stars

1606 global ratings

  1. 56% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 24% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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markrReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating story which deserved better
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What a strange movie. The story of Dick Cheney's relentless pursuit of power, and the drive of his wife to see him achieve it, makes for fascinating and scary viewing. The acting is superb and the effort made to make the main actors look like their real life counterparts astonishing.
So why only 2 stars? It is the somewhat weird direction which for me lets the movie down- for example Cheney and his wife reciting shakespeare as conversation, or the false ending half way through, just make the whole thing too satirical, too surreal, and the credibility is just lost - its not possible to stay in the movie because the movie repeatedly reminds you that you are watching a movie - and the importance of the events is somehow diminished as a result. Pity because it is an important tale...
17 people found this helpful
Stephen DaviesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scary as hell
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Certainly an unusual movie,with its documentary style and the total lack of any remotely endearing characters but it certainly hits the mark. The style of the film gives it a very clunky feel, but as soon as the action hits the White House the film goes into overdrive and you suddenly realise just how scary the film is. Christian Bale gives an understated performance as Dick Chaney while Steve Cartel is almost unrecognizable as Donald Rumsfeld. I don't know how close to the truth this film really is, but the fact it's on release with the principles still alive speaks volumes.
7 people found this helpful
MeretsegerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting but a bit disjointed script
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I'd wanted to see this film for months so was really curious how I would find it. It goes without saying that Christian Bale is incredible in his role as Dick Cheney. I personally knew very little about this particular politician, but I had an idea of what was happening in the US while he was the Vice President. To see how the story unfolded - even if it was a bit coloured up - was quite eye opening. Christian Bale's portrait of Dick Cheney is very convincing: his overweight, his mannerisms, way of walking and speaking. Bale as always captures the audience with his masterpiece acting. Same goes for Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, and Steve Carell - they are very captivating.
What i found a bit off was the script - i can see what they wanted to do, but it felt a bit disjointed and as if missing some parts that were actually crucial to the story. Nevertheless the whole film showed very well how outrageous and unreal some decisions that had been made were. Let's hope the history will not repeat itself
5 people found this helpful
Man on the GreenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A rather clunky telling of an admittedly interesting tale
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The story of Dick Cheney’s rise to the Vice-Presidency and the way in which he extended the remit of that post beyond anything previously seen has been told by others, but rarely as clearly as this. However, it does require the intervention of a narrator at various points to help us understand the heavily made points, and some of the speculative elements (although acknowledged) are rather overblown. However, there are highlights, and the film is marked by an unflinching confrontation of difficult issues, from corporate finance and influence to the abuse of executive power, through same sex love and the reactions of political parents (and a sibling) to - for them - politically uncomfortable truths about their daughter/sister. We enjoyed this film, but would hesitate to actually recommend it.
6 people found this helpful
ArtyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 October 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Heavy going and a bit wooden
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My first problem is the portrayal of Cheney. If you watch actual footage of him he doesn’t speak out the side of his mouth all the time in the rather humourless way shown in this film. He comes across as one dimensional. Shame really. It should have been played with more nuance. My second problem is that it’s all very didactic, with lots of explanation/history thrown in. So while there are a few interesting moments - and it would have been better to get a lot more of Bush, because the bits with him are interesting - this relationship is not worked through a great deal, and a lot of the time we get menacing wooden Cheney, rather than anything else. I’m struggling to watch it to the end, to be honest.
One person found this helpful
KitReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
A bizarre mess.
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This is one of the stranger films that I've seen recently.

An impressive cast, under even more impressive prosthetics, works very hard to wrestle something coherent out of a flabby and undisciplined script. Sadly, the cast is not enough to save this beast, and Director, Adam McKay, lacks the skill and control to keep it from breaking free and killing everyone in the audience - to torture a metaphor!

An overlong running time and scattered approach to editing - and storytelling in general - causes this movie to sag repeatedly under the weight of its overwrought dialogue, needlessly stylised construction, and undisciplined directing.

But its worst crime is that it is just plain boring.

I can't remember another film that has caused me to check my watch so frequently, hoping that it's nearly over. And each time I checked, there seemed to be another half-hour to go!

I very nearly gave-up and just switched the darn thing off. But something - some inner masochist - forced me to endure to the bitter end. And I was very glad that I did. After the final end credits - (there is another set of end credits which roll about halfway through the movie, just for kicks) - there is a little Easter Egg reward for anyone resilient enough to still be watching - and awake. And this final short scene is the best thing about the movie. It displays an eloquence and economy that has been entirely lacking throughout the previous 2+ hours. In this one little coda, the film sums up everything that is wrong with America. It's a thing of beauty.

I found the main film dull and messy, but I'm glad I watched it. (Though I'll never watch it again). And despite my many criticisms, I would like to end this review with a sincere round of applause for an immensely talented cast, in particular the ever-reliable Christian Bale, who proves yet again that he has the sublime acting chops to rise above even the worst-written scripts to create fully realised, interesting, and believable characters.
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MACReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Visceral, Essential Film Viewing
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I could not stomach the George Bush Junior Government. I still believe it to have been one of the worst in recent American history, causing more damage to America and the world than Clinton and Trump put together.

However, for all that, this film about one of that administration's key individuals (Dick Cheney) is an absolutely stunning film. You may not like Cheney but you cannot help but watch as the film gets you in its grasp and pulls you along. I wish I'd seen it at the cinema - it's that good.

You know what - I enjoyed it! I really did. OK - Bush and Co- eugh! But I just could not pull myself away from the screen.

The film - like its principal character - is totally unapologetic. Take it or leave it. There's no judgement except that which you wish to bring to it yourself.

And Cheney gets to have the last word even - that's fair. The acting is superb by the way and all the characters are brought to life really well.

So upon reflection what's the big message? Yes I know that there does not have to be one but I'm just built that way - OK?

Well, it is us who ultimately enable the likes of the Cheneys of this world. What does it say about the voter? What does it say about democracy? What does it say about US?

There you go!

Highly recommended.
DanielReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Where does it leave us
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One of the casualties in this debacle was the US constitution which advises against foreign entanglements.
Had the US looked at why 911 happened and produced the truth of who was behind the attack the Iraq war may have been avoided.
Cheney craved power, this film ensures he will go down in history as an evil man. It leaves the unanswered question , what did he know beforehand about 911? There is talk of inside collaboration, was he involved?
How the US people fell for the official report beggars belief, but they fell for the Kennedy assassination story as well.
I hope very much that, one day, it returns to its founding principles and that vile individuals like Cheney cannot ever get this far in the power structure
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