Public Enemies

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Set in 1933, Michael Man directs Public Enemies, an epic story about one of the most dangerous gangsters in American history John Dillinger. During the Great Depression a country boy named John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) is released from prison after 9 years and the first thing he did was break his gang out of the Indiana State Prison. They were soon robbing banks all over the Midwest and J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) who was forming the F.B.I. selects a local G-Man named Melvin Pervis (Christian Bale) to hunt down Dillinger. In the mean time, Dillinger meets a hat check girl named Billie Frechette (Marion Cotiller) at a Chicago restaurant, buys her a fur coat, begins a romantic interlude and tells her he will protect her. (She wouldn’t need protection if she wasn’t dating a notorious bank robber…hmmm) With men like Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum) and Baby Face Nelson (Steven Graham) helping his gang John Dillinger quickly becomes public enemy number one and J. Edgar Hoover imports lawmen from Arizona who have been in gunfights to stop Dillinger for good. This film has just the right mix of drama, romance and action. There are gunfights with Tommy guns every 15 minutes to keep the audience alert and a substantial amount of dialogue to help the audience understand what is happening. (Especially blind viewers like me) In true form, Michael Mann assembles a talented cast and pays superb attention to detail. My wife loved the 1930’s costumes and I thought the music gave it a perfect historic feel but for some reason it’s just not a perfect movie. Not because it has no character development or the audience has no emotional connection with the characters – it just feels too generic. I’m not sure what could have put this film over the top but I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.