The true story of Dick Cheney, who used his political influence as
Vice President to George W. Bush to wield immense executive power.
Written and Directed by Adam McKay
Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Alison Pill, Jesse Plemons, Eddie Marsan, Justin Kirk,
Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Don McManus
Oscar Wins - Best Makeup
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Christian Bale),
Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay,
Best Film Editing
Few people in American history have wielded the kind of power that belonged to Vice President Dick Cheney. A lifelong politician who belonged to the cabinets of several Republican administrations, Cheney took advantage of a young, inexperienced politician and managed to essentially run the executive branch in secret while the unassuming George W. Bush went about his role as president. Vice tells Cheney's story, from his troubled youth to his time as America's most powerful VP in what is easily writer/director Adam McKay's dramatic masterpiece.
The star of Vice is Christian Bale, who delivers what is arguably the performance of his career, disappearing into the role of Cheney in a way he never has before. Considering his method of weight fluctuation has garnered him accolades and praise for roles like The Fighter, American Hustle, and The Dark Knight Trilogy in the past, to say his role in Vice is career-defining is really saying something. Not once did I see Christian Bale onscreen. All I saw was Vice President Cheney. Alongside him are Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell who all disappear into the roles of Lynne Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and President Bush respectively, rounding out an absolutely stellar ensemble.
Adam McKay has proven he wants to tell complex, modern historical dramas peppered with comedy, what with his taking on the banks in The Other Guys and the housing crisis in The Big Short, but Vice shows he is out for blood. This film is harsh on the Bush Administration and it shows how Cheney's political maneuvers were directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of soldiers and the creation of ISIS. It is a film worth watching and a story worth knowing.