Review: Public Enemies

Michael Mann's film about notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his crimes during the depression era. This film boasts a talented cast (Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard) great cinematography and a hell of a lot of shooting sequenes.

The story follows Dillinger and his crew as they rob banks across the Midwest during the 1930's. After breaking out of prisons (more than once) and wooing a beautiful girl, Billie Freschette (Cotillard), Dillinger and Co. continue their streak as nearly untouchable thieves. Melvin Purvis (Bale) is assigned to catch public enemy # 1. They use new methods (tracing Dillinger's purchases, listening in on phone calls) to get closer and closer to him, only to watch him slip away each time.

The film is a great game of "Cat and Mouse" with lots of shootings and chase scenes. Sometimes they can get a bit overwhelming, but the actors are so good at playing their characters it makes up for it.

Depp is fantastic as Dillinger, he gives him a deeper side showing his affection for Billie, and how he views his "job". He makes Dillinger relatable, and even though he's technically the villain, you root for him throughout the entire film. Bale is great at Purvis as well and he gets extra kudos for that flawless accent. There really isn't anyone better than Bale when it comes to capturing accents. French actress Cotillard does well with her English accent as well. However not all the characters are developed as well as Dillinger, and it doesn't help the story when not everyone is familiar with their backgrounds.

All and all, they made a good film. Some characters lack depth, sometimes the shootings get a little old, but overall the film is good. The cinematography was top notch, as were the costumes, music, etc. They did a great job of capturing the 30's.

Recommended: Yes 3.5/5 stars

Memorable Quote: "There is absolutely NOTHING I want to do in Indiana" - John Dillinger (Johnny Depp)

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