Vice (2018)

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Some voices are more dangerous than others.

Christian Bale gives a Golden Globe-winning performance as Dick Cheney in Oscar-winning The Big Short filmmaker Adam McKay's star-studded biopic. McKay tells the epic story of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became one of the most powerful men in the world as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the U.S. and the rest of the world with his politics.

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Awards

Makeup & Hairstyling, Academy Awards 2019; Best Performance (Christian Bale), Golden Globes 2019

Directed by

  • Adam McKay('The Big Short', 'Step Brothers ', 'The Other Guys')

Written by

Drama, True Story & Biography

132mins

Rating: M Mature themes and coarse language

USA

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)

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The story is one-sided and opinionated - to say the least - but McKay keeps us interested with quirky storytelling techniques such as a fake ending and a sudden twist surrounding the narrator.

Empire (UK)

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An acting masterclass that neither pulls its punches nor sacrifices detail to pander to a mass audience, this is smart filmmaking from a director who gets better with every film - and a near career-best from Bale, which is saying something.

Hollywood Reporter

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Through wit, surprise and an irrepressible ballsiness comes a scorching humour that neither curdles nor becomes exhausted.

New York Times

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The pace is jaunty, the scenes crackle with gleeful, giddy incredulity, and the dry business of statecraft attains the velocity of farce.

The Guardian

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Bale brilliantly captures the former vice-president's bland magnificence in Adam McKay's entertainingly nihilist biopic.

Vanity Fair

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Vice gives little reason for us to laugh-or to do much of anything else but roll our eyes.

Variety (USA)

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"Vice..." though it pretends to reveal how power works, is ultimately content to remain on the outside, sticking its finger in the eye of power.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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In an awards season crammed with clear contenders, it is one to watch out for, and a perversely, bleakly entertaining look at an American tragedy we still live with today.

Horrendous Editing Bog Down This Well Acted Bio-Pic.

Christian Bale is impeccable, but the jarring editing really prevented me from loving this.


Beware the Quiet Man

The best political satire on film for a wee while - so many laughs abound and also just interesting insight into topics such as unitary executive theory, familial relationships of political figures and exploration into the question "what do we believe?". Fascinating and magnetic till the end, there are times when key events in the movie (Dick Cheney making moves) come and thick and fast - but overall the film makes events that happened quite palatable to the novice.