Friday, July 10, 2009

Public Enemies (2009)

"Public Enemies" is the story of famed bank robber John Dillinger.  J. Edgar Hoover has come up with a list of public enemies to catch so the government can show the country that they are still in control.  John Dillinger is on the top of the list for the various elaborate bank robberies he and his gang has committed.  It is up to Melvin Purvis to catch Dillinger.  The picture then plays out like a game of cat and mouse as Purvis comes close to catching Dillinger countless times.

"Public Enemies" was not that great.  It had its moments, but it was pretty boring most of all.  The last half of the picture got better.  There are several scenes that really stand out to me.  One scene that stood out, which supposedly is a true story, is when Dillinger walks into the police headquarters.  He goes inside the office that spends countless hours looking for him and no one even notices him.  Another stand out scene is when the police are torturing Dillinger's girlfriend played by Marion Cotillard.  Cotillard's acting is excellent in this scene as her character is being beaten by the police.  They are beating her so she will tell them where Dillinger is hiding.  And finally, the climax of the movie was well done.  Dillinger goes to a Clark Gable gangster movie and while watching the movie he is making a parallel to his own life.  

The acting and cinematography was good in the movie, but overall the story lags.  I never really felt a connection with any of the characters.  I didn't care about any of them.  There were many times in the movie where I almost fell asleep.  This type of cat and mouse movie has been done countless times in film history.  One that came to mind while viewing this movie was "Young Guns II".  In that one, Billy the Kid is being chased by Pat Garrett.  I would recommend seeing that one instead.  It is a fun time!


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