First Trailer For VICE Puts The Squeeze On Dick Cheney (VIDEO/IMAGES)

It’s hard to take this liberal fan fiction seriously (at least by the tone of this first trailer), but it still may be entertaining.

Vice is the new film from Academy Award winning filmmaker Adam McKay, and it plays like a kindred cousin to McKay’s gonzo takedown of the 2008 subprime mortgage financial crisis, The Big Short.

Christian Bale packed on the pounds and the makeup to transform into Vice President Dick Cheney (the prime target of this raucous expose’), and reigning Best Supporting Actor winner Sam Rockwell nails the doofus caricature of George W. Bush that you’d expect from a Hollywood movie out for blood instead of nuance.

A film that’s likely to play big on the coasts and garner buzz from the awards season elite, it’ll be interesting to see how widely it can play beyond that. A lot will depend on if it’s more complex than this first biased tease seems to suggest.

Co-starring Amy Adams as Lynn Cheney, Steve Carell as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Tyler Perry as Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vice opens on December 21, 2018.

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5 thoughts on “First Trailer For VICE Puts The Squeeze On Dick Cheney (VIDEO/IMAGES)

    1. I’m so burnt out on politics and raging partisanship at this point that I’m sort of dreading having to sit through this, to be honest.

      1. I dunno, a trip back in time to the years before Trump, before Obama, could be a relief in some ways. I do wonder how this film will compare to Oliver Stone’s W.

        1. I would be shocked if this is presented through some Trump-parallel filter, like this is how we got Trump, that Cheney laid the groundwork, etc. Its difficult imagining McKay not making this, in some way, a commentary and indictment on Trump and today.

          Regardless, a heavy-handed political bias is not something I’m primed for right now.

          1. Me neither, but somehow this trailer doesn’t fill me with the sort of oppressive dread that the flood of Iraq War movies filled me with a decade ago (Rendition, Stop-Loss, In the Valley of Elah, and on and on and on). Neither, for that matter, does it rub me the wrong way the way all the Trump-bashing in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom did (did any of the *other* Jurassic Park movies engage in such explicit political commentary?).

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