I recently saw 2009’s Public Enemies, about the life, death and scheming of John Dillinger. Johnny Depp plays Dillinger and does a good job portraying the notorious bank robber. There was a lot of hype for this movie but as I watched I found myself bored. For a movie about a smooth-talking bank robber there wasn’t a ton of action. I wanted to see more bank robberies, shoot-outs and sex.
One thing this movie did very well was casting. The movie was chockfull of talented actors. Christian Bale plays the FBI agent trying to bring down Dillinger. Marion Cotillard, from A Good Year, plays Dillinger’s love interest. Even minor roles were filled by A-list actors, like Billy Crudup (The Good Shepherd, Almost Famous), Giovanni Ribisi (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Perfect Stranger), and Channing Tatum (Step Up, Stop-Loss). The movie is directed by Michael Mann, who has an amazing track record: The Aviator, Ali, Collateral, The Insider.
The movie was way too long at 2.3 hours. But overall it was a good movie. I liked seeing the progression of action and getting to know Dillinger’s character both as a robber and as a lover, he actually did have a slightly sweet side.