Public Enemies (Michael Mann, 2009)

What's it about? The story of infamous criminal John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and the attempts of FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to bring him and his gang to justice.

Is it any good? A desperately disappointing affair. Bale and Depp are both wasted in an uninspired, superficial account of cops and robbers, which lacks any character depth, sense of history or even basic excitement. There's a couple of okay shootouts and Billy Crudup shines in his small role as J. Edgar Hoover, but each time he appears, it only makes you wish that you were watching a more interesting film about the birth of the FBI instead. Overlong and boring. Given the talent involved and the story's potential, that's a crime even Dillinger would have been pushed to commit.

I don't trust you. What do others think? A lot of people liked it, but I think they were blinded by seeing Johnny Depp's cheekbones in high definition. Trust me, you can see those cheekbones (and admittedly, they are worth seeing) in much better fare than this.

What does the Fonz think? Criminally bad.



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