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Michael Mann's latest is a competent and technically impressive gangster flick with charismatic lead performances, but some may find the film lacks truly compelling drama.
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A triumph of pure cinema, Public Enemies is one of the most visually experimental films of Mann's career.
Depp and Bale as Dillinger and the FBI agent tracking him are excellent and the film is a consistently entertaining, thoughtful and high paced ride, that Dillinger actually did the more extraordinary actions portrayed is the only way their inclusion in a
I do think this is a film worth seeing, so obviously, I say see it.
Some strong performances, but I expected more from this great director and stellar cast.
If John Dillinger had not existed... Michael Mann would have had to invent him.
It's a fascinating moment in history, and Mann captures the cars, the guns and the buildings with painstaking, immersive authenticity.
A seasoned genre filmmaker at the height of his game; still able to turn even one of his lesser works into something classy and gripping.
There is no tension or suspense in the chase.
Public Enemies is an oddly soft, slow, elegiac film, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of my best friends are elegiac films. But it seems a regrettable approach to its main subject.
There is much to admire in this film... But it's as if the whole thing has been emotionally cauterised. It holds you at arm's length. As such, I found it peculiarly unsatisfying. If it had been a restaurant meal, I'd have come home and had a sandwich.
Yes, this is a gangster movie worth seeing, and it should be seen on the big screen.
... it was entertaining, but quite long.
Public Enemies is the story of infamous depression era bank robber John Dillinger who became a kind of mythic Robin Hood style figure in the eyes of the poverty stricken American public of the time. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale starring in a legendary true-life gangster story directed by the man who brought us Heat? Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?? Errrrm...evidently, yes it could. Once again, as always seems to be the case with over-hyped Hollywood blockbusters, the script is the usual suspect when assigning blame for missed opportunities. We all know what Depp and Bale are capable of, but here they have so little to work with its difficult for me to find fault with them. The film is basically just a series of beautifully shot shoot outs and jail breaks loosely strung together by a skeletal plot involving next to no character depth or development. We know nothing about their motives or how they reached this point in their lives and seem to have no meaningful relationships with any of the supporting characters. The visual side of things cannot really be faulted however and the set pieces are expertly handled by Mann, but the shadow of the infinitely superior Heat looms over the entire proceedings. 10/10 for style, but 5/10 for substance.
Nice to finally see Johnny Depp not in a weird/cooky role. The film had a lot of action and a great story even though it was pretty lengthy. The fact that it's based on real people and events makes it all the better.
Solid direction by Mann and a great performance from Depp, towards the end it really gets good.
Great cast, great action. Excellent gangster movie took me back to the Untouchables. One of my all time favorites ..
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