Public Enemies 2009 R CC

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From award-winning director Michael Mann comes the film inspired by one of the country's most captivating and infamous outlaws - John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp).

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale
Runtime:
2 hours 21 minutes

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Public Enemies

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Genres Drama
Director Michael Mann
Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale
Supporting actors Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke, Johnny Depp, John Judd, Stephen Dorff, Michael Vieau, John Kishline, Wesley Walker, John Scherp, Elena Kenney, William Nero Jr., Channing Tatum, Christian Bale, Rory Cochrane, Madison Dirks, Len Bajenski, Adam Clark, Carey Mulligan
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

There was no depth to any character in this film.
abarat
I'm not saying the acting isn't good, but honestly this movie just doesn't work.
Terry R. Brewer
This was a well paced movie with good action and good acting.
John Stodola

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74 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on July 3, 2009
"Public Enemies" proves that Michael Mann is right up there with Martin Scorsese at directing compelling crime dramas. This film, based on a book detailing the nexus of John Dillinger, J. Edgar Hoover, and Melvin Purvis, covers the last year and a half in the life of the famed bank robber, who was branded "Public Enemy Number 1" by Hoover, who was building what would become the FBI. Chasing Dillinger for Hoover was Purvis, who relentlessly pursued Dillinger until the fateful night outside the Biography Theater in Chicago.

Johnny Depp plays Dillinger as a fun-loving but dangerous criminal whose only plan seems to be to live life on the edge until he falls off. As usual, his performance is engaging and utterly believable. Billy Crudup wonderfully plays Hoover as a man obsessed with growing the Bureau, obsessed with public relations, and obsessed with capturing John Dilliger, and Christian Bale plays Purvis as an intelligent, capable, and caught in the difficult position of trying to catch Dillinger while at the same time pleasing a demanding, overbearing publicity seeker.

The film features great supporting performances from Marion Cotillard as Dillinger's girlfriend, Billie Frechette, and Stephen Lang as a veteran Bureau agent assigned to hunt Dillinger.

This is film has plenty of action and thrills, but also possesses great acting, intelligent writing, and masterful directing by Mann. Public Enemies is one the best films to come out in the summer of '09.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Leif Sheppard VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
"Public Enemies", helmed by famed director Michael Mann, is a thriller of the most testosterone fueled variety. It's a fast paced actioner brimming at the seams with intense shootouts and a well-stocked cast of steely-eyed, square-jawed men harboring classic narcissistic complexes. Johnny Depp makes a suave, calculating Dillinger. It's more of a manufactured character than an interpretation of the real life Dillinger, but this is of little consequence because Depp achieves grand theatrics with his sullen glare and devil-may-care attitude. He plays it much as I imagine Steve McQueen would've in his heyday, plowing through his world with a sort of darkly cool, apathetic demeanor that suggests he doesn't care one way or the other about anything.

The supporting characters are superlative as well, particularly Stephen Dorff as Homer Van Meter. There's an intensity to his character that Dorff really brings out. In fact, I didn't even recognize him at first (interestingly, he looked very similar to actor Tim DeKay). Jason Clarke, who portrays John "Red" Hamilton, is an actor primarily known for his television work. I surmise he was chosen for his striking resemblance to the real life criminal; just compare his photograph to the infamous mug of Hamilton. He's probably the most featured gangster, other than Dillinger, being that Hamilton is portrayed as his right hand man. Of course, Christian Bale turns in an able performance as respected G-Man Melvin Purvis - donning yet another one of his famed accents for the role.

The film begins in medias res with an exciting jailbreak, something which I greatly enjoyed. I was happy the film didn't waste time trying to explain Dillinger's childhood and upbringing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Hagadorn on January 31, 2010
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I was really expecting a bit more from this movie. The plot was rather hollow, the dialogue was hard to follow at times, and the characters were very one dimensional and uninteresting. Halfway through the movie, I found myself asking "is it over yet?" If you really want to see this, I suggest you rent it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CJ on October 31, 2009
Format: DVD
Most of this film works incredibly well. The period piece feel is completely effective, and Johnny Depp is compelling and watchable as Dillinger. I felt Christian Bale's performance was well judged, as he played a man who was a bit of a weasel but it's not how we're used to seeing Bale.

For the rest of the cast, Stephen Graham stands out. The violence and setpieces are well done, some of the best I've seen.

The flaws are in some aspects of the narrative, which flags in places, and that some confusion on minor points can arise. But overall this is good cinema and well worth seeing.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel F. Gibson on June 12, 2010
Format: DVD
I started viewing the John Dillinger dramatization with the understanding that movies about larger than life, iconic characters are nearly always heavily rife with exaggeration and a fair amount of creative license, but "Public Enemies" really went overboard.

Johnny Depp was perfectly cast in the role of Dillinger, in that he does over the top very well, and the role called for that kind of acting.

There was the obligatory contrived love story arc that brought "Pearl Harbor" to mind. I think a lot of the story of Dillinger's life was sacrificed for the benefit of an awkward, underdeveloped love interest that was only present to fit into a formulaic design to construct the movie.

A really nice part of the film was the cinematography. The mix of wide angle shots and shaky first person shooting immersed me in the action scenes.

One of the more innovative scenes used an effect of transitioning to antique video camera type quality in the presence of period news crews. Another great scene started at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters and turned into Dillinger watching a newsreel of the headquarters seamlessly.

Any time a movie is done in a historical setting, I usually try to suspend disbelief and not really worry about historical accuracy. I understand that for a movie designed to make money, historical accuracy will always be thrown out in favor of making the movie more marketable and appealing. However there are usually blatant historical inaccuracies that can trigger me to go on a hunt to look for all the problems with the film.

For "Public Enemies," this blatant disregard for fact happened when Dillinger accompanied a girlfriend to the Chicago Police headquarters while she was getting a waitressing license.
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