Vice

Vice

DVD - 2019
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The story of Dick Cheney, a Washington insider and bureaucrat, who George W. Bush picked to run with him in the 2000 election, representing the Republican Party. After winning the election, Dick Cheney acquired substantial power and began to reshape the United States, along with the world, in ways that are still noticeable today.
Publisher: [Ontario] : Entertainment One Films, ©2019.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm

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reginator_22
Jun 16, 2020

Really good and entertaining film by Adam McKay! I love his stuff, including this one! I remember thinking that this was a crazy perfect movie! Bale is on another planet, he's a ridiculously amazing actor. The cast was solid, but Bale steals it. Great watch, highly recommend this one!

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truthjune
Jun 14, 2020

The film is light on data/facts & makes unsubstantiated claims. The take away is Republican politicians including Cheney are schemers, greedy, and basically evil. In essence, a Democrat promotional film. I very much worry that people will watch this film and assume that it is accurate.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 10, 2020

Wildly uneven biopic of Dick Cheney. The make-up dept. gives the greatest performance. A better title would've been "Dick." I was surprised he had so many heart attacks because, well, I guess that means he has a heart. To the dissenters, it's not "liberal propaganda" if it's true.

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CupertinoJay
Jan 31, 2020

a half hour was too big a slice of the unwatchable lead character; just say no.

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Haritage
Jan 29, 2020

Almost makes one feel that the outcome is to create a situation where a US president is above the law and can do whatever he/she wishes without consequence. Bravo.

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dlynnew
Jan 27, 2020

Outstanding makeup. The film is far too light on data/facts; it just glosses the surface and makes unsubstantiated claims.

Again - the strongest feature is the way in which Bale was transformed into Cheney.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Dec 29, 2019

Interesting Hollywood-ized political enlightenment. It give you something to think about ...

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JLMason
Dec 09, 2019

Regardless of one's political persuasion, Vice is an entertaining movie that uses some creative and amusing devices to address the fact that the screenwriter really doesn't know what went on in many meetings. What is fact, what is informed speculation, and what is pure fiction? There are some captions that provide context, but the movie would have more impact if what is known to be true was clearly indicated. Christian Bale is brilliant as the taciturn, contained Cheney. The scene where four powerful men are offered a menu of right wing policies by a waiter is hilarious. However, House of Cards does Power in Washington so much better.

VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 29, 2019

This is a movie with lots of funny bits but its not a fun movie overall. Watching such a self-serving, greedy, power-hungry person ascend to such a position of influence was pretty bleak. It's a very good film. Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Sam Rockwell as George Bush were both outstanding. It is horrible to watch someone who was chosen to lead by the people and supposedly represents "the people" but has zero interest in actually helping "the people" at all but is only out for himself and to know the whole time that is a true and that it is still happening all over the world. It's a very entertaining yet disturbing film.

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Tdruid
Nov 22, 2019

Excellent portrayal of the completely greedy, power-hungry, self-serving liar we foolishly gave such unlimited power. Everyone should watch this & open their eyes.

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reginator_22
Jun 16, 2020

Anonymous: Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watches. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest... he strikes.

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jimg2000
Apr 27, 2019

***SPOILER ALERT*** For references after the film

The one minute long spoof during the long end credit on the movie review focus group:

Man1: Something's been bothering me this whole movie and I just figured it out. The whole thing's liberal. It's got a liberal bias.
Moderator: Interesting. Does anyone else feel that way? ... One, two, three, four people. Yeah, go ahead.
Man2: It's all facts. Right I mean, they had to vet all this with a lawyer. How does that make it... What's liberal about that?
Man1: You would say that, lib-tard.
Man2: Okay, I'm sorry.So, because I have the ability to understand facts, that makes me a liberal?
Moderator: Okay, guys, let's just take it down.
Man1: You probably like Hillary.
Moderator: Let's take it down a notch or two, okay?
Man2: Idiot. Okay, first of all, Hillary's not president. Okay? The-the-the orange Cheeto that you hired is the president and he's ruining the country...
Man1: Trump is the best thing in this country.

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jimg2000
Apr 27, 2019

***SPOILER ALERT*** *For references after the film

The end justifies the mean?
I can feel your recriminations... and your judgment... and I am fine with it. You want to be loved, go be a movie star. The world is as you find it. You gotta deal with that reality. And there are monsters in this world. We saw 3,000 innocent people burned to death by those monsters. And yet you object... when I refuse to kiss those monsters on the cheek and say "pretty please." You answer me this. What terrorist attack would you have let go forward so you wouldn't seem like a mean and nasty fella? I will not apologize... for keeping your family safe. And I will not apologize... for doing what needed to be done... so that your loved ones can sleep peaceably at night. Has been my honor... to be your servant. You chose me... and I did what you asked.

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jimg2000
Apr 27, 2019

Surprised that Rumsfeld's "Known-Knowns-unknown" speech was not mentioned at all. One may disagree with his politics and motives but being a doofus as portrayed in the film, he is not:

‘There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know.’

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reginator_22
Jun 16, 2020

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