Johnny Deep stars as charismatic and elusive bank robber marked by the FBI as America’s ‘Public Enemy Number One’. Marion Cotillard plays Billie Frechette, the only woman capable of capturing his hear. Hunted relentlessly by top FBI agent Melvin Purvis, Dillinger engages in an escalating game of the cat and mouse that culminates in an explosive legendary showdown.
Promise Washed Away
- Public Enemies review by Jawbreaker
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Clearly Michael Mann hopes to recreate the success of Heat by throwing two major actors against one another in Public Enemies. The attention to detail and recreating the period is impressive, with epic sequences and gun-play in this huge production. What holds back Public Enemies from the heights of Heat and its rivals is the director himself. A sprawling, obese script threatens your interest levels. Mann also makes dubious use of handheld shots that feel out of context and badly implemented. In the hands of Martin Scorsese, Public Enemies would have been a much better film than this, which is way off target.
Dull. dull, dull!!
- Public Enemies review by Tim from London
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What on earth has happenned to Michael Mann? From the heights of Manhunter, Heat and the Insider - he now seems unable to make even a half decent film. Although this is not as bad as Ali or Collateral, it is seriously underwhelming. Yes - it looks great at times, the suits are sharp and the film has the feel of many of the great gangster films of the 30s. But it has nothing to say - and the two leads look completely uninterested. I think Christopher Biggins would have made a more menacing gangster than Johnny Depp - and he has no chemistry whatsoever with Marion Cotillard. If you want a proper gangster film get the original with James Cagney or White Heat - then see how it should be done.