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Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies

(R) 140 mins

Plot Summary: The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Michael Mann(screenplay), Ann Biderman (screenplay), Bryan Burrough (book “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI 1933-34)

Stars: Christian BaleJohnny Depp and James Russo

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  Overall, this movie had all the basic elements of a great film: big name director, all-star cast, a bunch of gunfights, Feds & gangsters…but for some reason, I was…underwhelmed.  I can’t quite put my finger on it…maybe my expectations were too high.  It was definitely interesting, especially the interplay and almost symbiotic relationship between the FBI, the bank robbers, and the mafia.  There were some pretty awesome scenes, as well, like a particular interrogation scene.  One of the special effects involving a gunshot wound was especially impressive, too.  But in the end, this movie is a watch-once deal; definitely worth the time to watch it, but don’t go out of your way.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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