a crazily good Christian Bale turns Dick Cheney into every liberal’s worst nightmare

a crazily good Christian Bale turns Dick Cheney into every liberal's worst nightmare

Dir: Adam McKay; Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Jesse Plemons. 15 cert, 132 mins

For his new film about the former American Vice President Dick Cheney, Adam McKay seems to have drawn a certain degree of stylistic inspiration from his subject. It is a head-spinning shock-and-awe satire that comes in hot then cranks up the thermostat to infernal – a Molotov cocktail of biopic, documentary and black comedy, with a thrillingly short fuse.

Spanning the half-century from Cheney’s drink-driving conviction at the age of 21 to his heart transplant at 71, Vice is fragmented both out of necessity and by design: to account for the holes in the story, an opening…

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