If there was ever any temptation to question director Adam McKay’s intentions with his audacious Dick Cheney biopic, Vice, a simultaneously provocative and defensive surtitle at the beginning of the film quells lukewarm scepticism: ‘we did our fucking best’, it reads.
Dick Cheney served as the 46th vice president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. The Republican politician is portrayed by Christian Bale (heavily transformed under prosthetic makeup and 40 pounds of extra body weight) in Vice, who thanked Satan for inspiring him in his Golden Globes acceptance speech. Cheney played a key part in the instigation of the Global War on Terrorism under the presidency of George W. Bush, and became the most powerful vice president of all time.
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