Not bucking again from the current trend of ‘real life’ movies this one follows the rise of Dick Cheney who was Vice President of the United States during the Bush Administration including throughout the devastation of 9/11 and the whole of the Iraq War.

Although this is based as much as possible on real events there is a disclaimer at the start saying that it’s as true as it can be considering how incredibly private Dick Cheney is as a person.

It’s not your average biopic this one. Christian Bale is completely unrecognisable as Cheney. Showcasing yet again just how much of a versatile actor he is. I’ve seen interviews etc with Cheney himself and it’s genuinely difficult to tell the difference between them.

It doesn’t seem to follow anything chronologically which for someone who doesn’t really understand a lot of politics it was quite a tough one to follow, but I did grasp it all and it was a really interesting and shocking film.

Its interesting to see how Dick Cheney ended up as Vice President when he was actually a college drop out with a DUI so it does show that even if you don’t succeed academically there’s no reason you can’t go on to run the most powerful country in the world. His political career started when he managed to bag an internship in congress and he proved his worth and worked his way up from there, not always in the most ethical of ways and not always making the best decisions.

There’s a lot of areas in this that show he was given far too much power and there were some really controversial laws that didn’t get passed because he said no, the way they were shown in the movie is just like it’s a game show. He pushes a red button and that law gets thrown out. It was nothing to him so he was incredibly ruthless with those sort of things. He definitely comes across as power mad and although it does seem that most of his decisions he does believe were for the good of America maybe in hindsight they weren’t best at all.

It’s an incredibly interesting insight into the world of US politics. The relationship of the narrator to Cheney was one I didn’t see coming which was a nice little twist. It’s very very emotive, with real news footage of 9/11, Iraq War and some of the more horrific videos that emerged of US troops torturing civilians in Iraq. It’s very cleverly edited to imply that those real events that we see are directly related to specific actions that have been made in congress.

I really enjoyed this film. It’s not for the faint hearted there are some disturbing scenes in this, there were parts where I had to look away. It’s a very clever script, incredibly well acted (Sam Rockwell as Bush is wonderful and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney also) and inciteful too. It does appear to be a little one sided and there are very few scenes that enamour you to Dick Cheney I’d be interested to see what he has to say about it, although being that he is notoriously silent about things he doesn’t wish to discuss I think that’s unlikely.

Jodie Brough – follow me on twitter @jodievoicefm


Share this content!