Vice

Vice

DVD - 2019
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The story of Dick Cheney, a Washington insider and bureaucrat, who George W. Bush picked to run with him in the 2000 election, representing the Republican Party. After winning the election, Dick Cheney acquired substantial power and began to reshape the United States, along with the world, in ways that are still noticeable today.
Publisher: [Ontario] :, eOne,, [2019], 2018.
Edition: EnglishFrench version
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION VIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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duane767
Jul 14, 2019

Wow. Quite the scathing movie. One of the last few scenes in the movie is almost chilling. Was, or is, Cheney this bad? Research to discover for yourself.

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slaroche
Jul 10, 2019

3* Low quality budget film! At least it felt that way. Really was not that good.

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Byond
Jul 03, 2019

I think from here, Westchester, impressions of Dick Cheney generally gave rise to fear and hatred as his career unfolded. The film seems to draw a pretty clear line between Cheney and associates and the tendency to raw power politics on display currently. The power wielder at the moment isn't a creator so much as an occupier.
This is the director's second film set in a culture that went to extremes. In the absence of God, working the levers of power to one's own advantage is as seductive as a joystick is to an adolescent male. I understand awfuls have manifest even when God was thought to be present, but nevermind.
Maybe a political film like this risks a better reception because some don't find it buttering their toast. As a movie, I think it should have been better received. I'm not aware of the box office or public acceptance.
Some have complained that Cheney remains an enigma after watching this, and even suggest their reason to watch it was to dispel that mystery. In a way, I can relate to that. After watching I did think I'd like to know more about his younger years, that some light might be cast even on why he seemed so lost at the picture's start. Still, brevity is the soul of wit, and wit is here aplenty. Perhaps there is a book that does justice to his earlier years.

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greatflicks
Jul 03, 2019

Worth seeing but no idea what was true or not true. Over the years I have learned the truth about some things and when I did it confirmed some of my suspecions. Like when Colin Powell was supporting the war in Iriq and he had been on TV discussing wepons of mass distsruction. Later he left his position and I wondered what the real story was. Now I know it was obvious in this movie and my suspicions were right. Politics is a nasty business and both sides will do anything to make the other party look bad.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jul 02, 2019

Christian Bale totally nailed Dick Cheney. Tyler Perry looked amazing like Colin Powell, but Steve Carell totally blew Donald Rumsfeld's character. Because I knew Donald Rumsfeld during the mid-1970s, I can assure y'all that this movie is fairly accurate. Rumsfeld and Cheney are as ruthless as they appear in this film.

I watched it twice.

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JustinCoombs
Jul 01, 2019

This movie starts out really oddly, and has quite a few parts - I can't even call them all scenes or shots really - that are very unconventional, almost as if Tarantino was part of it. It has a really annoying narrator and it's saved by the cast, especially Bale. It has a lot of conspiracy elements to it, and again, a lot of really odd parts. Overall though, it's a pretty good movie.

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cmarie20
Jul 01, 2019

I lived through these events - have been a news hound since a junior in high school. Did not know what to expect but it was so much better and more authentic than I ever thought it would be.

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ba_library
Jul 01, 2019

I really didn’t know what this DVD was about except that it has Christian Bale (always great) playing vice-president Dick Cheney. What do I remember about the 1980s? Not much. This DVD is very much a satire written and directed by Adam McKay (a writer for Saturday Night Live at one time) and incorporating several comedians; Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell—you know it has a liberal interpretation of events (the film was produced by Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt.). Several strange interludes during the movie; credits roll an hour into the film, Cheney and his wife in bed one evening interacting and speaking from Shakespeare? Overall, perhaps a statement or perspective about the role of power in politics. Cheney literally came from nowhere and transcended the political bureaucracy with great ability. Creating self-serving theories into political livelihood, some of us may never understand the political shenanigans of the 1980s, so perhaps a satire is one way to explain, mock, interpret or perhaps to challenge the political era.

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neilbjur
Jul 01, 2019

Christian Bale is excellent he gives a fine performance. However,the movie is disappointing,,the story line is a muddle that does not really get into the man. No matter what your personal feelings are regarding Cheney, he was and is a fascinating individual. I had hoped for more a movie with more depth. Dick Chaney was a powerful man during his years in office. He did his job exceedenly well in the "swamp" of Washinton.

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Daanii
Jun 30, 2019

This is an odd movie. I'm not sure what to say about it but that. Its quirkiness didn't work for me, but maybe that was because I was not in the mood at the time. Who knows whether I would like the movie more if I were in the mood for an at times silly look at a serious subject.

The movie is cleverly done, I must admit. But too clever for me. I hate to give it just a single star, but that is what I think it deserves. It's more an attack on Dick Cheney than a fair view of the man.

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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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