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This week's reviewed movie is:
Public Enemies




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Public Enemies only highlighted the last 14 months of John Dillinger's life, and made a whole movie from breaking out of various prisons, plus robbing banks.

This man was a folk hero during the Depression and had all the latest gadgets, like tommy guns and a new fast V-8 Ford, and he wore sharp suits.

This was one bad dude, but he never took money from individuals, just banks.

Johnny Depp and Christian Bale did extensive research into the backgrounds of their characters, making the whole movie work with a vivid period feel.

Michael Mann directs this stylish-yet-bland reinterpretation of the Dillinger gangster saga, with almost no character development (other than John Dillinger and his G-Man protagonist, Melvin Purvis.

The director treats us to extreme close-ups, shaky hand-held camera work, and a blah storyline with no emotional payoff.

Only the art direction and Johnny Depp's performance come close to imagining the dark days of the Depression.

Public Enemies is the tale of the most reported bank robber of them all, John Dillinger.

During the Depression, back in the 1930s, he went on one of the most whirlwind crime sprees ever recorded.

The story is the most truthful heist movie about Dillinger so far to appear on the big screen.

The film does take a few artistic liberties with history, but it is an effective account of the final 13 months of the life of one of the United States' most infamous criminals.

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