From drunken collage dropout to Vice President of America
It is doubtful if this film will attract a large audience in America. Primary Colours, the ugly telling of the story of Bill Clinton as he manages to rise to become the President of the United States, created no interest in its home country, even though John Travolta played the starring role as the charming Bill Clinton. Perhaps because Christian Bale, who convincing plays Dick Cheney, was awarded best actor at the Golden Globes, may change the odds. The film is predicted to bag many awards at the upcoming Oscars and so maybe that will ensure that Vice attracts a wider audience.
If you 'can't handle the truth' and believe people in positions of power make decisions in the public interest and not to satisfy their lust for power, this film isn't for you. If the opposite describes you, then go ahead and see it.
"The film Vice is superbly made, indeed brilliant, but profoundly dishonest in its treatment of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush's vice-president." 'Hollywood's Vice villain isn't the Dick Cheney I know' by Greg Sheridan. Greg interviewed Cheney on many occasions during his career.
Dick Cheney is described as 'the most powerful Vice President in history'. Ruthless, manipulative and a user of power for its own sake comes close to describing his behaviour.
Cheney is first introduced as a drunken, college dropout. He marries his school sweetheart [Amy Adams] who reads the riot act after bailing him out of prison for the second time. Shape up or I ship out. He then returns to university and gains a Masters degree in politics and continues to study for his PhD. His rise to power to finally be the Vice President to George W. Bush [Sam Rockwell], who is portrayed as a spineless dope, is phenomenal. Not only does he marry the right wife but also chooses the best mentor, Donald Rumsfeld [Steven Carol]. He learns his trade and when the time comes, dumps him because it is politically expedient. His loveliness goes on as he climbs his way to his last political position, the 46th Vice President of the United States. All this as he is dogged by a troubling heart condition.
He has one saving grace, his family comes first ... well, most of the time.
Vice is engaging, well researched and written and directed by Adam McKay. McKay exposes Cheney's emotions and character for all the world to contemplate. At the beginning of the film, we are told that the story is 'as true as it can be'. The truth is scary, go see it and just maybe you will still have faith in political leaders. His eldest daughter is, as I write now, a proponent member of the Republican Party; a dynasty starting?