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Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients' deepest, darkest desires - none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one.
"Vice" is "Blade Runner" on the cheap and minus the imagination.
Recombining elements of "Blade Runner," "Strange Days" and "A.I." makes Bruce Willis' "Vice" an intriguing sci-fi thriller, but in the end it doesn't do enough with its ideas.
It's one of those nearly straight-to-VOD pieces that fluctuates between boring and offensive, never rising above either adjective.
Evidencing more bullets than brains, "Vice" - a bit of ephemeral science-fiction twaddle directed by Brian A. Miller - has absolutely nothing to recommend it.
Here's hoping Bruce Willis bought something special with whatever cash he earned from this pointless, brutally ugly rehash of 1973's "Westworld."
The acting ranges from amateurish (Childers) to bored (Willis, smirk barely disguising his lack of interest), the script gets bogged down in lumpy exposition, and the action is unexciting.
Even with Willis - who looks like he was only needed for a day's filming - phoning it in, in every conceivable way, it still manages to be a hell of a lot of fun.
Bruce Willis sleepwalks through this terrible science fiction film that's short on science, but long on mindless gunfire.
It is set in, as Bruce Willis' mogul character describes it, "a utopian paradise where you can have and do anything you want." Unless, that is, you want a decent movie.
Low-rent and wasteful of some intriguing ideas.
Wavers between absurd and predictable while appropriating themes and ideas from a half-dozen better sci-fi flicks.
What sounds like a cheap version of Gamer actually ends up being more akin to another Bruce Willis film, "Surrogates". And just like Surrogates, Vice is garbage. It's runtime is thankfully short (96 minutes) but the dialogue is frequently painful and the story is more holes than substance. If trying really hard to mail it in wasn't an oxymoron, I'd say that's what Willis is mostly up to these days, and Vice is no exception, he's useless, most everyone else is clearly amateur, only Thomas Jane brings even one iota of talent to the piece and even then he is pretty heavily hammed down by the script. I suppose an argument could be made that Charlotte Kirk was more than tolerable, though this is quite likely thanks to her minor role. All that trash talking aside though, I've been far more bored in far bigger movies, so I guess it's all point of reference.
Because the story uses plot elements from every major cyborg or AI based movie you know exactly how this will play out. This actually works in the films favour and makes it more enjoyable to watch.
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