Vice - Borderlines Film Festival

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From the pre-title sequence, a drunken brawl, followed by a police chase down a lonely Wyoming road at dusk sometime in the early 60s, to the post-credits focus group on the movie just seen (another punch-up),Viceis a roller-coaster that takes you through US politics from Nixon to Trump. The constant factor is Dick Cheney, George W. Bushs Vice-President who quietly, unobtrusively, wielded enormous power with often devastating consequences, both forthe US and across the whole world. Less a biopic, more a satirical political comedy, that literally asks, How does a man become whohe is?, then nimbly, confidently invents ways to answer. Bale is magnificently understated, Adams brilliant as his forceful wife Lynne, and Mckays (Anchorman, The Big Short) script is supple and sharp.Bale brilliantly captures the former vice-presidents bland magnificence in Adam McKays entertainingly nihilist biopicPeter Bradshaw, The GuardianDirector: Adam McKayStarring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell. Bill Pullman, Sam RockwellUS, 2018Run Time:2 hours 12 minutes

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