PUBLIC ENEMIES focuses on the last
few years of John Dillinger as he robs banks and falls for a coat check girl named Billie.
Tough FBI Agent Melvin Purvis is appointed the head of the Chicago field office by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Purvis is as cold as some of the crooks he catches. He knows he needs agents with old fashioned ways of fighting criminals that he calls
in former Texas Rangers from Oklahoma and Texas to stop Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
Meanwhile, Dillinger lives life without thinking about tomorrow. Will
he think about it before it’s too late?
PUBLIC ENEMEIES is like HEAT on steroids. Where HEAT had one shoot out, PUBLIC ENEMIES has several. Michael Mann directed the film to look like it’s a documentary with its digital grain
much like the approach he used for COLLATERAL. Johnny Depp makes Dillinger
very likeable and sympathetic. Compared to Dillinger, Agent Melvin Purvis
(Christian Bale) is as bad as some of the criminals he is trying to stop. Baby
Face Nelson is a psycho compared to Purvis and Dillinger. In the middle of the
movie is a tragic love story between Dillinger and his girl. PUBLIC ENEMIES
is one of the best movies of this summer alongside STAR TREK.
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