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A crime drama that differs itself from others but fails to live up.
The last time I saw a crime film was The Departed. Which is a great film. This latest gangster flick based on a true story about a criminal robin hood just seems to hollywood like and fails to capture its true reality. The historical inaccuracies are just some minor concerns. The big ones are yet to be addressed.
The film follows John Dillinger(Johney Depp) who escapes jail along with his crime buddies. In the meantime, Melvin purvis(Christian Bale) is chasing a man named Floyd(Channing Tatum) who gets shot by Purvis. Purvis gets promoted and leads a war on crime. As he and his agency tries to take down Dillinger, there are several bank robberies that occur until finally he gets arrested in Tucson. Only to get freed by his buddies whom mocks the justice system and now Purvis is out agian. This time, hoping for a different result.
Watching this film reminded me of Collateral. Where one man tricks and fools the other until enough is enough and then theres a dead body. Michael Mann had such good material in his hands. With a stellar crew, a big budget, and with a mind that he has, you knew this was going to be big. Exept it turns out to be another hollywood film trying to place history into pure action entertainment. Its rather long and slow. Most of the scenes are basically Purvis mapping out plans and Dillinger trying to run away from plans. This movie ultimately turns into a cat and mouse game. Which turns from side to side. One chases another and when it gets tiring, the same thing happens agian exept the other way. I thought this film was going to be one of the best of 2009. Yet it failed to even be at the least passable enough for me to enjoy. I loved Collateral, but I have to turn my head for this one.
My biggest concern was the casting of Christian Bale and Johnney Depp. Depp doesnt look like an intimidating gangster while Bale tried so hard to keep an accent that he forgets everything else. How about Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg. To me the two main cast exploited themselves as wannabes rather then to be a convincing figure. Although not all is bad. I loved the cinematography and the set design. It looked as if we were really watching Dillinger in his time. The gun fights to were interesting in which outshadowed the movie which is a concern. The costumes to me looked as if everyone was wearing a suit and tie to rob and kill people. Is it me or is that just whack. Nevertheless, a film that couldve done better but lands itself into what I call, Hollywood Dramatization.
A decent historical crime film that bothers to show off good looks but lack the depth it needed to be succesfull.