Monday, July 20, 2009

Public Enemies

Public Enemies is a lengthy movie (2 hours 23 min), but the fantastic Johnny Depp makes it worth sitting still for that long. Depp plays Chicago bank robber John Dillinger during the Great Depression era. Even though he's well liked among the public, who has had enough of bank greed, he is still regarded as Public Enemy Number One by the government.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (played by the smarmy Billy Crudup) is tasked to defeat the gangsters which include Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham). He desperately needs help, so he hires Special Agent Purvis (Christian Bale) to catch them. After killing Pretty Boy Floyd, Purvis becomes obsessed in his conquest for Dillinger.

Dillinger is fiercely loyal. At the beginning of the film, he is returning to prison and manages to break out his old buddies. He meets a coat check girl Billie Frechette (French actress Marion Cotillard) at a club and is instantly smitten with her. He promises to take care of her and buys her fur coats and takes her on exciting trips. There are numerous violent scenes including a shootout in a lodge in the woods of Wisconsin. Dillinger always seems to be one step ahead of his counterparts though.

After taking a woman (played by Emilie de Ravin) out of the bank Dillinger has just robbed, he leaves her unharmed and gives her his coat to keep her warm as something to remember him by. He wanted to be well liked by the public, didn't believe in kidnapping, preferred for no one to get hurt, and had a love of good clothes and movies. We all know what happened to Dillinger in the end, but it was interesting to see a different side of him.

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