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Vice

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen edition
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Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Co-starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, it is a darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics.

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lotuslori_8 May 21, 2019

An interesting concept for a movie about a very serious man and his life in politics. I recommend watching the special features for the deleted scenes if you want to see what I mean.

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winston16
May 19, 2019

I was riveted by the story, the acting, the filmmaking--you name it. As much as I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody and the actor who won the Oscar for the lead role, Christian Bale deserved that Academy Award hands down. He's amazing in this as are Amy Adams and Steve Carrell. And although some might see the breaking of the fourth wall and whimsical use of Shakespeare as flights of fancy and maybe distracting, I saw them as part of the fable of Cheney with all the warnings that come with very good fables. Really good movie!

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MovieLover_47
May 12, 2019

Years ago I read Cheney's autobiography and suspected it was full of lies. This film gives proof to my worst suspicions about Cheney.
It is interesting how much Trump blamed Obama for events that were really tiggered under George W Bush's administration. Situations set up by Cheney and Rumsfeld.

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In_tr_aktr1Nstpaul
May 09, 2019

I really wasn't surprised about the information here. Perhaps because it's already been released in documents, news reports and books.... Plus I always said 9-11 was only about oil right from the start, even while everyone else was trying to tell me differently. So, I really found this boring and couldn't understand why it wasn't a straight Documentary instead of posing as a feature. Whatever.

BookReviewer2015 May 08, 2019

Perhaps the best film of 2018! Pay attention to how seemingly unrelated threads connect to current events now.

Steve Carrell is brilliant as Rumsfeld.

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GiovanniS
May 06, 2019

An Interesting movie that has piqued my interest about aspects of America's past that I remember when I was a young adult. This movie puts a refreshing spin on these larger than life moments in US history that affected us all during 9/11 and what happened afterwards. The acting of these key political figures of the time won Golden Globes and Oscars this year, but the movie itself plays out as very average (i.e. just 67% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes). I think this is because of poor film editing and directing choices in how this story was told and a silly mid-credit scene. It's too serious as a dark comedy, yet it handled serious historical material too flippantly at the same time making it tonally incongruent. Despite all this, I liked this movie and would definitely watch it again at some point in the future.

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graybear1
May 05, 2019

A must-see. We wondered why this movie didn't get better ratings so we did some research reading the actual comments made by the viewers on ratings sites. It was VERY obvious that those with a political view squarely on the Republican-worshipping side hated it and brought the rating down severely. (The truth is often not very flattering to historical figures.) Don't listen to them. This a a very good movie that exposes quite a bit about puppet-master Cheney. After you see it, you'll know why there's that saying to watch out for the quiet ones, as they're the most dangerous.
And by the way, at just over the halfway point there's an odd "Disney-like" supposed "ending" (credits even start to roll). Don't turn it off -- that's not the end of the movie! I wonder how many people left the theater.....
Excellent acting by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell. Excellent writing, making complicated ideas and actions easy to understand (just as they did with "The Big Short"). Witty dark humor too.

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DHahn
Apr 27, 2019

Well-written film aspires to the level of Dr. Strangelove. Actors--A+. Bale is a standout astonishing performance but also Sam Rockwell is brilliant as the playboy, uninformed war-criminal bush. Made me think: "If the real president was cheney, WHO is actually the president now?"

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jimg2000
Apr 27, 2019

The director and writer Adam McKay, known for his absurd films like "The Brothers Grimsby," "Anchorman" and writer for "Saturday Night Live" provided glimpses of a colorful Dick Cheney before his fast rise to become the most powerful VPOTUS in history. Too bad McKay injected too many social satires in telling his story, leading the audience to question the authenticity of the entire biopic.

There is a very short spoof on a focus group to review the film during the end credit; words like "libtard" and "orange cheeto" were used.

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rationallady
Apr 25, 2019

The movie was much better than I expected-not especially depressing with some humor albeit dark. The very bad impression of Cheney I had formed was supported by the movie, but no one is all bad, not even Cheney.

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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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