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
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
Only the art direction and Johnny Depp's
performance come close to imagining the dark days of the Depression.
is the tale of the most reported bank robber of them all, John
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