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This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. Written by
Dillinger's line to a bank customer during a robbery - "We're here for the bank's money, not yours." - echoes a similar exchange between Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and a farmer during a bank robbery in Arthur Penn's classic, Bonnie and Clyde (1967). ("Is that your money or the bank's?" "It's mine." You keep it then.") There is some dispute over which real-life bank robber spoke this line. Supposedly, John Dillinger said it to a bank customer while robbing a bank in Greencastle, Indiana. However, some crime historians attribute the line to Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Most crime historians agree that the psychotic Clyde Barrow never used the line. This scene also shares familiarity with the bank scene in Michael Mann's Heat (1995), where Robert De Niro's character states: "We're here for the bank's money, not yours." See more »
(at around 1 minute) When Dillinger is being driven out of the town having broken out of custody, a reflection of the cameraman can be seen in the glasses of the driver. See more »
The year is 1933, it's the Great Depression. A time for the desperate
to do the unthinkable. Crime was on the rise and people were suffering.
For John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) it was a time of infinite
possibilities and opportunities. To combat the sharp incline in rampant
criminal activity, J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) forms the FBI, led by
Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). Together they target Dillinger as
public enemy number one. Relying on new methods of intelligence
gathering (such as tracking the purchase location of a coat or
recording phone conversations), the firepower of trained gunmen, and
his own relentless nature, Purvis gets closer and closer to Dillinger
"I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars... and you. What else
do you need to know?" - John Dillinger. Johnny Depp IS John Dillinger.
He's perfect for the role. The cool, confident and almost cocky nature
of the character is really portrayed on screen (such as bragging to
reporters about his bank jobs and teasing Purvis and agents who are
after him). It's a look of how a man lived and succeeded in a hard
time. Dillinger was a man that lived in the moment as only a man in the
depression could. From the worlds on John Dillinger, "I'm to busy
having fun today to even think about tomorrow." Who knows what tomorrow
might bring? Bale also succeeds in his role and is a solid counterpart
against Depp. It works well having two top, well known actors opposing
each other on screen.
The film is directed by Michael Mann who brought us such films as Heat,
The Insider, and Collateral and he adds another good film to his resume
with this one. The action sequences, bank heists, and shootouts in this
film are probably the biggest highlights. After all, this is from the
same guy who gave us one of the most famous and arguably the best
shootout of all time in Heat. The sequences are cool, slick, and
gritty. Excellence at it's best. (I have to throw in a note of praise
for the superb shootout at the Little Bohemia lodge, which was an
extremely impressive scene)
The cat and mouse aspect makes it intriguing, but I think more could
have been added to it. It just feels as if something was missing. Much
of the film focuses on the love story between Dillinger and Billie
Frechette (Marion Cottillard) It's also interesting to see the other
gangsters of this time and how they relate to Dillinger and the
Much has been made of Public Enemies being filmed on HD video, mostly
complaints. I must say that at times, the picture looked amazing. The
night sequences, especially looked beautifully slick and realistic. I
loved the cinematography here. The cars, headlights, street lights, and
everything looked fantastic. Other times, it doesn't look as good. It
just felt as if something didn't look right. I'm not sure what to think
One problem I had with this film would have to be the lack of character
depth in many of the characters. At times, it seems as if we are
expected to know and understand the characters before going to see the
film because it is a real life story. But as a film, it could have
developed the characters more to help us (and those who know nothing
about Dillinger, his life, or Purvis and the FBI) understand them
better. Another problem was some of the historical inaccuracies. Many
things portrayed in the film, do not happen as they did in real life.
Many sequences are just out of order. I know the filmmakers had to know
about this and just tried to work it in as best as they could. It's not
a documentary, it's a movie.
I really enjoyed Public Enemies. It's a solid crime drama and a good
summer film. I understand expectations were through the roof, but
that's a little hard to ask for. It's a really good film, but not quite
a great one... The action is fun, the story is interesting. Maybe
instead of being a very good film, it could have became a really great
film if more was put into the characters? I'm not sure. It just felt as
if something were missing. But who can knock a film for still being
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