Vice (2018)

Directed by Adam McKay

Starring Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Amy Adams.

I remember when I saw the film The Big Short and feeling frustrated about how does in power just do what they want without really having consequences and is the people who end up loosing, in the case of that film their houses. I ended with that same feeling today when I finished the movie Vice.

The movie is a comedy-drama looking at the career of Dick Cheney in politics. It begins with the September 11 attacks and then cuts to a young Cheney getting arrested for being drunk while driving. When his wife gives him an ultimatum he changes and gets his life together and begins his rise to power with an internship in the White House. The movie is basically a look at his life in politics and with little glimpses of his family life. The movie starts by saying that they did their best since Cheney was a private man and little was known about him.

The first thing I want to say about the movie is that is was not as good as I expected. It was a good mix of drama and I can’t say comedy, but a lot of sarcasm was present in the movie when trying to show exactly the power and the choices they had while in power. Now, in a movie you can’t trust just how much actually happened like it is shown in the movie, but the use of real news footage and putting the actors in those news footages makes you think that most of it is true, and history also gives reason to accept mist of what is depicted in the movie. Like for example how they manipulated the circumstances to invade Iraq when no weapons were later found. One thing that surprised me was how those events and how Cheney handled it created ISIS. It is sad to see how politics manipulate and abuse their power and clearly, that was Cheney’s style based on what I saw on this film.

The movie itself is fueled by Christian Bale’s performance. He is truly one of those actors who changes so much for the roles he plays that it’s almost hard to recognize him. When looking at interviews with the real Cheney, Bale nailed even the voice and how he talks. The whole cast was great in the film, from Sam Rockwell as Bush to Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.

I guess if you like politics you might love the film, I got a little tired of the movie and finished it really to see how it ended and because I was enjoying the performances.

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