Vice Reviews

  • Oct 09, 2020

    An awful reimagining of Westworld. 400 bullets fired at a single target without hitting anything.

    An awful reimagining of Westworld. 400 bullets fired at a single target without hitting anything.

  • Aug 04, 2020

    Sometimes the acting is good enough, sometimes is laughable, sometimes the writing comes out of the worst subreddit, but overall, it passed the time.

    Sometimes the acting is good enough, sometimes is laughable, sometimes the writing comes out of the worst subreddit, but overall, it passed the time.

  • Feb 29, 2020

    I thought this was the well-rated film about Dick Cheney, but instead got this crappy piece of gratuitous violence masquerading as a sci-fi flick.

    I thought this was the well-rated film about Dick Cheney, but instead got this crappy piece of gratuitous violence masquerading as a sci-fi flick.

  • May 30, 2019

    Not terrible, but not far from it. This is a Westworld remake, people pay big bucks to VICE to live out any fantasy with androids, called 'Artificials', that are mostly human with cloned skin and internal organs, etc. Just like Westworld, one of the units goes haywire and everything falls apart. The guards have the infinite ammo cheat as they fire thousands of rounds at the escaping Artificial, Childers, who is not hit, but the cop, Thomas Jane (Boy is he ugly! Aren't there any handsome leads in hollywood anymore?!?), takes out a dozen body armored guards with his pistol for the 'most of the movie' chase scene. Unfortunately there is hollywood propaganda about the anti-mililtray dark slant by how this technology is going to be used. It is a real shame to see how Bruce Willis has declined, physically, as well as an actor. He was listed as #4 on the credits... He is 'the face' of VICE and 90% of his shots are his chiseled, old, face on promos for VICE or being the 'hard' man that he is type cast as he directs underlings. Again, it is NOT terrible, this is a modern Westworld that is even more shallow than Westworld for lack of plot development, character development, and ending...

    Not terrible, but not far from it. This is a Westworld remake, people pay big bucks to VICE to live out any fantasy with androids, called 'Artificials', that are mostly human with cloned skin and internal organs, etc. Just like Westworld, one of the units goes haywire and everything falls apart. The guards have the infinite ammo cheat as they fire thousands of rounds at the escaping Artificial, Childers, who is not hit, but the cop, Thomas Jane (Boy is he ugly! Aren't there any handsome leads in hollywood anymore?!?), takes out a dozen body armored guards with his pistol for the 'most of the movie' chase scene. Unfortunately there is hollywood propaganda about the anti-mililtray dark slant by how this technology is going to be used. It is a real shame to see how Bruce Willis has declined, physically, as well as an actor. He was listed as #4 on the credits... He is 'the face' of VICE and 90% of his shots are his chiseled, old, face on promos for VICE or being the 'hard' man that he is type cast as he directs underlings. Again, it is NOT terrible, this is a modern Westworld that is even more shallow than Westworld for lack of plot development, character development, and ending...

  • Apr 20, 2019

    Vice (2015) 3 out of 10: I often like low budget science fiction films. They are not afraid to take chances with the plot and to show their work. Since they cannot rely on expensive sets or special effects, they often need to have the science and the dialog carry the water for them. There are plenty of excellent examples with the recent film The Endless (2017) being a particularly good one. I also often like low budget exploitation films. They usually take more risks than their Hollywood brethren. They are not afraid to "go there," and they seem to realize that if a scene is getting slow, a big orange fireball or some gratuitous nudity is the perfect thing to move the plot forward. The Cheerleaders (1973) is an excellent example of an exploitation film done right. Vice as a low budget reimagining of Westworld could have smoothly gone either route. Both the original movie and HBO's popular Westworld series have shown that exploitation and intelligent conversation, as well as high ideals, can stand side by side to create magnificent entertainment. Vice misses both smart sci-fi and good exploitation by a country mile. The Good: Filmed in Mobile Alabama to give it that future dystopian sheen I have to credit the location scouts and set designers. They did an excellent job with what they had. The Bad: Okay here we go. Let's start with our thespians. Thomas Jane plays a cop on the edge. He has long hair, a bad attitude, and is one more incident from losing his badge. Oh, and he walks around with an unlit match in his mouth. I am not sure if he was supposed to be Tango or Cash in this movie. Bruce Willis ups his sleepwalking game in Vice. Long considered the purveyor of some of the least exciting show up for the check roles in the business (At least Thomas Jane is channeling his inner Nicholas Cage) Willis seems particularly out of it in this movie. He does manage an irritated look from time to time, but that may have just been the realization he was stuck in Mobile, Alabama for another week. Ambyr Childers plays the escaped robot girl and is, in essence, the lead of the film. IMDB has her listed as an actress. I am thinking of sending in a correction. Seriously why would the producer of Vice hire an actress that has one expression and spends her entire time in an exploitation film dressed like she was going to a PTA meeting? What? Oh her husband produced the movie. Well, that explains a lot. Well, maybe the tight script and eye-opening story will save the day. I mean there are a lot of angles here. What makes a man? The exploitation of third world locations by first world tourists. Does committing violence in video games lead to more violence in real life? (The movie gives a solid yes to the third one by the way in a groaner soliloquy given by Thomas Jane.) The script is brainless and lacks imagination. Almost criminally so. Let us start with the brainless part. There is a scene where our escaped lady robot (Ambyr Childers) hides out in a church. She is unknowingly wearing a tracking device in the form of a bracelet. She is programmed not to see the tracking bracelet. A particular scientist at the church (which she dreamed off BTW that is how she got here) takes off the tracking bracelet with a unique tool so the bad guys cannot track her. They then spend the rest of the night at the church until the bad guys show up. Let us break that down. Why would you make a tracking bracelet and go to all the trouble of programming the robot not to see it? It's a robot you built. You could put the tracking device internally in the robot. Second, if you are going to remove the tracking device the next step is to have the tracking device lead your adversaries away from you (put in the back of moving vehicle, tie to a rats tail ext) or for you to move away from the tracking device. It is not to hang out in the last known location after removing said device. Removing a tracking device while on the run is a simple trope. I have never seen a film get it wrong until now. Vice is a muddled low effort mess.

    Vice (2015) 3 out of 10: I often like low budget science fiction films. They are not afraid to take chances with the plot and to show their work. Since they cannot rely on expensive sets or special effects, they often need to have the science and the dialog carry the water for them. There are plenty of excellent examples with the recent film The Endless (2017) being a particularly good one. I also often like low budget exploitation films. They usually take more risks than their Hollywood brethren. They are not afraid to "go there," and they seem to realize that if a scene is getting slow, a big orange fireball or some gratuitous nudity is the perfect thing to move the plot forward. The Cheerleaders (1973) is an excellent example of an exploitation film done right. Vice as a low budget reimagining of Westworld could have smoothly gone either route. Both the original movie and HBO's popular Westworld series have shown that exploitation and intelligent conversation, as well as high ideals, can stand side by side to create magnificent entertainment. Vice misses both smart sci-fi and good exploitation by a country mile. The Good: Filmed in Mobile Alabama to give it that future dystopian sheen I have to credit the location scouts and set designers. They did an excellent job with what they had. The Bad: Okay here we go. Let's start with our thespians. Thomas Jane plays a cop on the edge. He has long hair, a bad attitude, and is one more incident from losing his badge. Oh, and he walks around with an unlit match in his mouth. I am not sure if he was supposed to be Tango or Cash in this movie. Bruce Willis ups his sleepwalking game in Vice. Long considered the purveyor of some of the least exciting show up for the check roles in the business (At least Thomas Jane is channeling his inner Nicholas Cage) Willis seems particularly out of it in this movie. He does manage an irritated look from time to time, but that may have just been the realization he was stuck in Mobile, Alabama for another week. Ambyr Childers plays the escaped robot girl and is, in essence, the lead of the film. IMDB has her listed as an actress. I am thinking of sending in a correction. Seriously why would the producer of Vice hire an actress that has one expression and spends her entire time in an exploitation film dressed like she was going to a PTA meeting? What? Oh her husband produced the movie. Well, that explains a lot. Well, maybe the tight script and eye-opening story will save the day. I mean there are a lot of angles here. What makes a man? The exploitation of third world locations by first world tourists. Does committing violence in video games lead to more violence in real life? (The movie gives a solid yes to the third one by the way in a groaner soliloquy given by Thomas Jane.) The script is brainless and lacks imagination. Almost criminally so. Let us start with the brainless part. There is a scene where our escaped lady robot (Ambyr Childers) hides out in a church. She is unknowingly wearing a tracking device in the form of a bracelet. She is programmed not to see the tracking bracelet. A particular scientist at the church (which she dreamed off BTW that is how she got here) takes off the tracking bracelet with a unique tool so the bad guys cannot track her. They then spend the rest of the night at the church until the bad guys show up. Let us break that down. Why would you make a tracking bracelet and go to all the trouble of programming the robot not to see it? It's a robot you built. You could put the tracking device internally in the robot. Second, if you are going to remove the tracking device the next step is to have the tracking device lead your adversaries away from you (put in the back of moving vehicle, tie to a rats tail ext) or for you to move away from the tracking device. It is not to hang out in the last known location after removing said device. Removing a tracking device while on the run is a simple trope. I have never seen a film get it wrong until now. Vice is a muddled low effort mess.

  • Sep 30, 2018

    Bad acting. Horrible. I wanted to like it, but couldn't.

    Bad acting. Horrible. I wanted to like it, but couldn't.

  • Jul 01, 2018

    I discovered this on the Spanish-language UniMás. This is yet another mindless action movie. But the fact that Bruce Willis ain't the main character means I shouldn't expect anything much except to turn up the volume & have the movie look good on my big screen TV while I do other stuff on my laptop.

    I discovered this on the Spanish-language UniMás. This is yet another mindless action movie. But the fact that Bruce Willis ain't the main character means I shouldn't expect anything much except to turn up the volume & have the movie look good on my big screen TV while I do other stuff on my laptop.

  • May 31, 2018

    The premiss was good, a bit of a rip-off from Westworld, but most of the budget went on blanks and no one could shoot straight.

    The premiss was good, a bit of a rip-off from Westworld, but most of the budget went on blanks and no one could shoot straight.

  • Dec 03, 2017

    Don't bother wasting your time this movie is not worth it! The "leading lady" is cast all wrong and if a high energy, physically fit actress such as Scarlett Johansson were cast this film may have been better.

    Don't bother wasting your time this movie is not worth it! The "leading lady" is cast all wrong and if a high energy, physically fit actress such as Scarlett Johansson were cast this film may have been better.

  • Jun 30, 2017

    This movie was just garbage.

    This movie was just garbage.