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Friday, 6 February 2009

Public Enemies, 2009 - Movie Review

Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Billy Crudup, Leelee Sobieski, Emilie de Ravin, Stephen Dorff, Giovanni Ribisi, Marion Cotillard, Stephen Graham
Score: 10 / 10

This review from JoBlo - Spoilers ahoy!

I went to see the screening of Public Enemies, on Wednesday night. The new film by Micheal Mann starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The movie is about the "public enemy era" of the 1930's during the great depression, and focuses on the famed gangster / bank robber John Dillinger, played by Depp, and the man sent to capture him Melvin Pervis, played by Bale. The movie also included a vague side story of how the FBI was formed into what it is today.


The film starts off in 1933 with the prison break that Dillinger planned and executed, almost flawlessly. The movie starts with some action and bloodshed which in my opinion is always a good way to get the movie started. We then follow the newly acquired Dillinger gang to a hide away.


At this point, Mann, introduces Pervis, while he is trying to apprehend a famed gangster "pretty boy" Floyd. After Pervis has done his job he is commissioned by J. Edger Hoover to head the man hunt for Dillinger. We also learn of the governments doubts about the FBI and J. Edger Hoover's involvement.


The film continues to follow the chase for Dillinger, and his many exploits that include the famous photograph in which he puts his arm around the prosecuting attorney. His escape from jail with a gun he carved out of a bar of soap. It all ends outside the Biograph Theater (**MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**) where Pervis and his hired help shot and killed Dillinger in the alley next to the theater after this brothel associate gives him up in hopes to avoid deportation.


Micheal Mann has found his perfect blend of drama and action in this picture. As well as he combined his style of handy cam, and set shots. All and all, it was his best film yet. Johnny Depp gets more and more outstanding as an actor every film he makes. Christian Bale, is as he always is... fairly dull. (sorry for any Bale fans out there, I know, Bale was the bomb in Batman yo!... but still) There are tons of cameo's from stars that you'll recognize but can't think of their names off the top of your heads.

I would be surprised if this film doesn't make it's run as a might contender for the best picture of the year in 2009. I would give it a 10/10.

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5 comments:

pamela fruendt said...

SPOILER ALERT. there was a screening of Public Enemies the end of last week in sherman oaks, ca with michael mann and his staff with a group discussion afterward with some of those attending. the film runs about 2 1/2 hrs without opening & closing credits. it's supposed to have a new ending. yes, depp is still shot in slow motion, but the film now ends with a shot of marion cotillard, which i'm told is more emotionally satisfying. this is not the final cut. the film has a R rating.

Anonymous said...

This film must be the great winner of 2010´s Academy Awards! What a cast and what a director!
But there is something that i haven´t understand: have you guys seen this film? In the UK the premiere is only in July... And there´s no official trailer, right? So how have you seen it?
I´d like to know because i´m from the UK, and magazines don´t speak too much about this film but I can´t wait to see it!

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