• 2018
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Sam Rockwell
  • UK release: 25 January 2019

The rise of Dick Cheney (Bale), from electrical worker in Wisconsin to US vice-president, presented as cheeky, dark, inventive comedy. Bale gives a compelling, shape-shifting performance and Adams as his ambitious wife Lynne is scintillating, as are Carell and Rockwell. A super-smart and disconcerting history lesson.

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He was once the White House Chief of Staff and the United States Secretary of Defence. So, when Presidential Candidate George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) approached Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) about the Vice Presidency, he wasn’t just going to go along for a passive ride. Dubbed the most powerful Vice President in US history, Dick Cheney changed the course of history from the back seat. Given previously unheard-of powers by his President over two terms, Dick Cheney had a major influence over the War On Terror, ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ and national security, to name just a few of his most controversial political choices. Vice explores the life and times of Dick Cheney, from his years as a younger man working his way through the ranks of the White House, to his critical role as Vice President, and the ripples his position continues to make on society today. Christian Bale is unrecognisable in a Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated performance as Dick Cheney, reuniting with writer and director Adam McKay following their work together on Oscar-nominated The Big Short. Steve Carell co-stars as Donald Rumsfeld, alongside Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush and Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife, Lynne.

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21 Jan 20194 stars

Christian Bale is Dick Cheney in Adam McKay's irreverent biopic about the power behind the throne

In 2015, Adam McKay's The Big Short laid bare the greed and corruption that caused the financial crisis – and dared to be funny about it. Now McKay turns the same sensibility towards the greed and corruption within American politics. And the comedy…

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