Public Enemies

Public Enemies

In Theatres: 
Jul 01, 2009
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 23 Minutes
Did You Know?

Elliot Goldenthal who composed the soundtrack to Public Enemies also composed for Mann's 1995 film Heat starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro.

John Dillinger (Depp) is at the peak of his notoriously brutal crime wave during the Great Depression but J. Edgar Hoover (Crudup) and his G-Men lead by Melvin Purvis (Bale), the man who took down Pretty boy Floyd (Tatum), are hot on his heels.

Mann creates a vast world for his newest film dropping in just about every name in Hollywood and creating a spectacular backdrop to place you into the midst of Dillinger’s world. Though Depp is the main actor attached to this film the Public Enemies universe is so large it never really feels like there is one main star. Depp, who isn’t really all that memorable as Dillinger, kind of swaggers through the film. People are so used to seeing Depp’s elaborate characters that his Dillinger here is just bland and unexciting. Even Bale, another titan in film at the moment, isn’t memorable.

I know what your thinking. How good can this film be when the two main stars don’t even leave a lasting impression? How can a story, which almost everyone knows the ending to, be exciting? It’s the story, the sets, the locations, the massive amount of characters in the film and their unbelievable viciousness, loyalty, and the way they make you root for the bad guy. Take it from me, I’m not even a fan of Mann’s previous films, but the world he creates here is so potently violent and loud your just drawn in. Another good point to make is that, despite knowing how the story ends, I caught myself breathless by the suspense of the film and sitting forward in my seat expectant and anxious. Its just a really well directed film with a great story and even better dialogue. Room for improvement? Maybe just a little wiggle room, but definitely deserves to be described as a summer blockbuster. Enjoy.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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