Sunday, July 5, 2009

Public Enemies

MPAA Rating: R for gangster violence and some language.
No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone—from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard) to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang—later including Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi)—thrilled many, Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw’s capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger America’s first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Purvis, the dashing “Clark Gable of the FBI.’’ However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis’ men in wild chases and shootouts. Overall, this film failed to hold my attention for the duration of the two hours and fifteen minutes. It continued with similar situations and constant unnecessary gunfire. I was expecting much better from Michael Mann. The performances of Depp and Cotillard were nothing short of spectacular. There was definite chemistry between the characters. 2 and a half out of 4 stars.
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