Public Enemies (Single-Disc Edition)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
With a nation-wide man-hunt on for Public Enemy No. One, notorious bank robber John Dillinger, this drama takes the viewer along for the bloody, horrific ride. Throughout the tense action of brutal bank robberies, street warfare with Tommy-guns blazing in all directions, harrowing prison breakouts and life-and-death chases through eerie woods, I felt like I was "inside" the action.
There isn't much humor in this movie, but what little there is comes from Dillinger himself who is endearingly cocky and overly confident. When he first meets and falls for beautiful coat-check girl Billie Frechette and she asks what he does, he says, "I'm John Dillinger and I rob banks." In that context, I couldn't help but laugh.
Another show of wit was when he sang "I'm headed for the last roundup," which struck me as humorous in an ironic way... Dark humor...or was it prophetic?
Johnny Depp is brilliant in this role; he not only plays the part of Dillinger, he is the man! He's a smart, methodical man who outwits the FBI at every turn...except the last one, of course. His, posture, facial expressions and entire performance are "dead on" to how I think Dillinger would be. Although I abhor his crimes, I feel some sympathy for the hunted, haunted man.
I found it odd that many citizens of that Depression era actually made a "hero" of him, which made for some rather "touching" scenes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was okay. It was recommended to us; way too long for my liking. At times it was difficult to make out what they were saying due to the mumbling as well. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Sharon
I'd heard a lot of hype about this movie for awhile. I never watched before even though I always meant to. I turned it on to watch with my 6 year old twins and they enjoyed it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Luna
Lots of action and drama. I would recommend this movie. Deep is great as Dillinger.Published 18 days ago by Michael H Miller
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|Audio problems with the bluray?||
yes same problem here. the audio kept cutting in and out. softer and louder. it was very hard to hear the dialogue at some parts
Dec 30, 2009 by J. Clark | See all 5 posts
So far, every copy I have seen at Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and Target have the slipcase.
Jan 28, 2010 by Istvan Kolnhofer | See all 5 posts
I think the story and the talent were there but Mann dropped the ball. Depp would be the ideal actor to portray the fun loving guy who won the hearts of the depression era despite being a bad guy. He was too hard and stiff in the film not like the actual footage we have seen of Dillinger.
His... Read More
Aug 2, 2009 by Happy Amazon customer | See all 2 posts
|Public Enemies 2009 blu ray - Christian Bale????||
It's an alphabetical thing. Bale, Bolger, B-something....
Oct 25, 2009 by JJ Thompson | See all 3 posts
|How would you rate Christian Bale's performance in Public Enemies?||
I didn't see public enemies but I'd rate Bale's performance in public enemies 1 out of 10 as for Johnny Depp I'd rate his performance 10 out of 10!!!
Oct 13, 2009 by DRH | See all 2 posts
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