Public Enemies (2009)

Film review

A sort of bio-pic on John Dillinger, the latest Michael Mann film does not develop and help us empathise with any of the characters emotionally. As a crime thriller between one of America’s most notorious criminals (Johnny Depp) and a worthy adversary, the FBI, personified by Christian Bale, the film also fails to deliver on the cat and mouse chase, under-utilising the lead actors. Marion Cotillard is just there to be pretty. Unfortunately, the film is rarely fun to watch save for a few scenes and the climax. Also, despite the period setting, the hand-held camera aesthetic fails to capture the romanticism and beauty of the period and its characters, opting for a more visceral look that is more jarring than exciting.

Rating: 5/10

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