Christian Bale is Vice-president Dick Cheney in this brilliant reconstruction of the madness of the George W. Bush presidency. An arch-manipulator, Cheney plays business, politics and warfare as mere tools for his personal gain, with his wife Lynne (Amy Adams) as his confidante. Sam Rockwell plays willing dupe Bush alongside Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, offering us a panoramic portrait of the craven misuse of political power.
Following The Big Short, Adam McKay’s has marked himself out as a director with a unique talent for imaginative takes on recent history. Christian Bale’s performance as Cheney – one of many in the film likely to attract awards attention – goes far beyond impersonation, hiding a shark’s viciousness just behind the eyes.