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Public Enemies - Special Edition [Blu-ray]
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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 ›
They did give me a immediate refund with AMZN credit. I don't even have to mail them item back. Point to them in my book
Very disappointed. The video quality of this Blu ray is worse than my DVD (tested on a 60 inch plasma HDTV).
Skip this one if you are looking for improved video quality.
I thought Johnny Depp did a fairly good job of portraying John Dillinger while Christian Bale gave a creditable performance of his FBI nemesis - Melvin Purvis. The clothing, sets, weapons, cars are all period correct for the most part and very well done. The viewer gets a sense of life in the 1930's. John Dillinger was a very smart criminal and I think the Johnny Depp performance correctly showed that Dillinger wasn't the trigger-happy gangster that sprayed bullets around at every opportunity and, therefore, the violence level is lower than many rated-R films.
Does the film remain true to actual events? No, but it is quite close and gives the reader the basic "highlights" of John Dillinger's criminal career during that time when he captured the attention of the nation - and J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. michael Mann's direction is quite good, balancing action sequences, romance, introspection and the FBI's implacable pursuit of every clue or lead.
I thought it was an enjoyable movie and one that captured my attention and pulled me along with the story. Four stars.
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Good movie. Have seen it before, but It's worth another see.Published 20 days ago by Edward D. Hederman
American gangsters, the developing tactics of a young law enforcement agency and the always expected deliveries from both Depp and Bale make this movie fun for anyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Best movie I have seen in a while for an action movie. Good history lesson too.Published 1 month ago by Christian E Rose
Very entertaining! Really depicting the era and its mores well. Of course, depp is major sexy!Published 1 month ago by Carrie Hansen
Christian Bale is a genius at overacting in most of his films. That is if you can understand any of his lines. That said, Amazon really messed up by only allowing a 24 hr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dpender
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