The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
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Governor George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive resume includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.Written by
Dick Cheney was an avid fly fisherman, a discipline that required great patience. A quality that has largely contributed to his methodical rise, both in politics and in the business community. However, none of this would have been useful without the encouragement and ambition of his wife, Lynne Vincent, his girlfriend since high school. After Cheney dropped out of Yale and fined twice for drunken driving, his wife helped him recover. See more »
In a scene with Cheney and President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office, behind Ford is a photo of former First Lady Pat Nixon. The First Lady at this time would have been Betty Ford. See more »
Before the film begins, there is a black background with the words ¨The following is a true story. Or as true as it can be given that Dick Cheney is known as one of the most secretive leaders in history. But we did our fucking best.¨ See more »
Great Cast, Fascinating Story, Interesting Style, Strange Editing
This film is held together by some truly outstanding performances (Bale and Adams, in particular). It will no doubt be compared to writer/director Adam McKay's film adaptation of The Big Short. But while that story covered just a couple years, Vice spans nearly 4 decades, significantly more difficult to fit into a 2 hour film.
McKay's use of a narrating character is sometimes helpful in providing context and continuity, though I think it worked better in The Big Short.
As a bio-pic, Vice does a good job of capturing Cheney's drive for power and his devotion to his family. Complicated people are generally difficult to depict in film, but McKay and the team he assembled gave it an effort worthy of some awards.
I found some of the editing a bit quirky to the point of distraction, but I definitely recommend seeing it. Be sure and stay to the end.
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