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:
James Russo, David Wenham
Runtime:
2 hours, 21 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Michael Mann
Starring James Russo, David Wenham
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
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This was a well paced movie with good action and good acting.
John Stodola
I will probably need to see this a couple of times to see if I'm missing something here, but overall the director just doesn't know what film he wants to make.
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
Johnny Depp does a great job as public enemy no. 1 John Dillinger, and Christian Bale does an AMAZING job as Melvin Purvis.
Adam Peace

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81 of 98 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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53 of 65 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andariel Halo on September 18, 2009
... a week or so later, I had completely forgotten about it.

That's the sort of movie this is. Something you see, think about for a short time, maybe gain a slight interest in some of the characters and look up their real life counterparts for more information.

But that's it.

The tone of the movie is one in which the narrative is in total awe of the gangsters portrayed, and can't possibly come up with a single negative thing about them that is not attributable to stress of being hunted by the FBI, or necessity.

They seem to try to justify John Dillinger to us by having a quick shot in which during a bank robbery, Dillinger tells a man who has his money out to give to him, "Put that away; we're not here for your money, we're here for the bank's money".

They seem to forget that bank money doesn't just come from government men's private purses or from nowhere---they ARE taking regular people's money that has been invested in a bank.

That's a simple summarization of the movie: A glorification of John Dillinger and his gang.

However, there's a slight problem, which from the context of the fact that he is supposed to be the central character, John Dillinger is almost nonexistent in this movie.

Of course, I don't mean Johnny Depp has little screen time---there's rarely a scene he's not in unless it involves the FBI and Melvin Purvis.

What I mean is that we're not shown any insight into John Dillinger himself---there's absolutely no character development on him, and we see nothing of his true self. Johnny Depp is acting twice-fold---he is portraying John Dillinger portraying "John Dillinger, modern-day swashbuckler and ladykiller".
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on December 6, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I am an avid supporter of Mann's work so I had no expectations with PE of there being a crystal clear Blu (the cameras he uses) or articulate/perfect sound mixes that allow you to crank it up and still hear dialogue during action scenes. So in fairly rating the BD that detraction list all comes true here, but I still enjoyed the incredible attention to prop detail and filming locations - both of which get covered adequately in the special features.

The picture quality is standard to good as those cameras create the night blur/drag (similar to Miami Vice) but some of the outdoor scenes are clear enough to even see the lens/shutter change (reference the outdoor shot of the jail as Dillinger is driving/escaping - you can actually watch the camera operator change the filter from dull to sharp). The sound is mixed differently throughout depending on the location so some scenes are clear if the camera is pointing right at the speaker, but most do not allow you to have the volume set higher as the gun play is over-amped and/or loud scenes drown the dialogue (airplane, cars, guns, etc.). I still loved watching the performances and I already had read how historically inaccurate the story was but the other details made it a good film to watch - especially since they filmed in so many of the actual locations that the events occurred. Supplements are enjoyable and include:

* 20:32 minute making-of. Mann centers the interviews and flow of the documentary and includes some thorough depictions of how some scenes were made and character preparation.
* 8:44 minute Last Outlaw. Gives a brief history of how these guys were considered to be the last outlaws and covers the actual last moments of Dillinger's life.
* 9:48 minute Locations.
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