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Depp and Bale shine in "Public Enemies"


Public Enemies movie poster

Rating 3 out of 5.

This film is based off the true events of Johnny Depp (John Dillinger) and Christian Bale's (Melvin Purvis) characters.

Set in the 30's the film focuses on the development of criminals and the F.B.I.

Directed by the legendary Michael Mann, this film is a refreshing change in acting.  There are a number of films that come out with leading actors that cannot act their way out of a paper bag.  Mann successfully weaves a tale that is interesting and draws out some of the best performances from both actors.

While some may argue that the film is long and a bit slow, I would have to agree with this statement.  I am a fan of the film and of actors as well as the director, but there is only so much that I can tolerate and to say the film is not long and slow would be an unfair assessment as a film reviewer. 

The action sequences are great, but the real strength in this film lies in the outstanding performances of Depp and Bale.  These two were awesome, I just wished that they were in more scenes together.  But who knows, perhaps we might see them sharing the screen as The Riddler and Batman.

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