PEposter So this past week there were fireworks in the streets and fireworks from a Tommy gun as Johnny Depp stepped into the role of John Dillinger in “Public Enemies”. The movie tells the story of John Dillinger’s rain of robbing banks in Chicago during the Great Depression. J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) declares Dillinger “Public Enemy #1” and incorporates the help of Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to bring him to justice by any means necessary.

Now if any of you have ever seen or heard any stories about John Dillinger, then you are well aware of how this story ends. Other than that this was a great update to an old story of one of the greatest bank robbers in American history. Johnny Depp was superb in the leading role as charismatic Dillinger. As with most of his leading ladies Marion Cotillard who plays his love interest Billie Frechette has good chemistry with Depp. Christian Bale played a good Purvis as it was kind of a small role in the movie, being that it revolved around Dillinger’s life. Stephen Graham who plays “Baby Face” Nelson was a stand out as the notorious gangster, who always had his Tommy gun ready to fire. There was also a cameo by Channing Tatum as “Pretty Boy Floyd” who was also a legendary criminal during the times of bank robbing. Rounding out the cast was also Giovanni Ribisi as Alvin Karpis, Dillinger’s lawyer so to speak. David Wenham as Harry “Pete” Pierpont, Stephen Dorff as Homer Van Meter, and Rory Cochrane as Agent Carter Baum. I give this movie 3 shots out of 4. It was a great remake. A little too long on the slow parts, but when the Tommy guns were firing, very exciting. The movie made a little over $44 million in its first week of release. The movie runs 2hours and 23mins. It was rated R for gangster violence and some language. It was written and directed by Michael Mann. It was produced by Tribeca Films, Appian Way, Forward Pass, Inc., Misher Films. It was distributed by Universal Pictures.

Sometimes being a criminal in love can be your downfall. Ezo
Next week’s review: TBD

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