Public Enemies (2009) -- 4/10.
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Public Enemies is the true story of Gangster of 1930's gangster John Dillinger, played mindlessly by Johnny Depp. Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard round out the supporting cast as Dillinger's rival and love interest, respectively. Now, normally - this is where I'd summarize the film's plot for you - but you know what... you've had a week to watch this film - it's your own fault if you don't know what it's about it yet. Anyway, this film is unfortunately, based on a true-story: meaning you 1) already know how it's going to turn out, and 2) plot twists and excitement are hard to find. Like most of Director Michael Mann's films - Public Enemies was profitable at the box-office... despite being an utter waste of time. But Mann certainly knows how to shot a film, the one positive thing I can say about Public Enemies is that it was beautifully shot, which is especially impressive considering the entire movie was filmed in HD, rather than traditional 35mm film. Mann however is also notorious for self-indulgently lengthy films - Heat, Miami Vice, Collateral - all films that I moderately enjoyed, but all wish were 45 minutes shorter. But Public Enemies overstays it's welcome well beyond the 100-minute mark. The run-time isn't so much of the problem, as the boring characters are. I can't remember the last time I watched a movie where I felt absolutely no compassion or empathy for any of the characters. Not a line of dialogue was memorable in this film, none of the actors performance anywhere near what they're capable of. I mean... Johnny Depp and Christian Bale? Shooting guns at each-other? You'd have to go out of your way to make this a bad film! And yet, somehow they did, with this boring, uninspired movie that kind of muddles its way along with no regard for plot-advancement, character development, or historical accuracy. There's a scene near the end of the film where Dillenger unashamedly swaggers into the Chicago Police Department - and checks out the bulletin board with his "wanted" poster on it. The camera proceeded to pan across all of his fellow gangster buddies who have died during the course of the movie. In any other film, this sort of shot would invoke some emotional response from the viewer. But I found myself watching that scene and going ... "Oh - so that guy was supposed to be Baby Face Nelson?!" This movie frankly sucked, and I'll be honest with you, I fell asleep watching this movie for about 15 minutes... I missed nothing. But, the old-fashioned gangster prison escapes and gun shootouts were pretty cool.