Movie Review: Public Enemies

Hollywood heavyweights Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in this classic gangster flick based on the life an adventures of notorious bank robber, John Dillinger.

Set in post depression Chicago of 1933, the movie directed by Michael Mann is reminiscent of other great crime movies like 'The Untouchables' and 'Bonny and Clyde'. The background music, the sets and vintage automobiles transport the viewer to the 30s era.

The screenplay is a classic cat and mouse game between Dillinger, played marvellously by Depp and FBI agent Melvin Pervis, played by Bale.

Depp fits the role of Dillinger perfectly, a character unlike any other he has played before. Depp's Dillinger is a slick haired, fast talking, romantic gangster, giving the American legal system a slip at every opportunity.

Bale plays the ruthless Pervis, brought in by Hoover to stop the scourge of robberies and bloodshed caused by Dillinger. The chemistry between Bale and Depp in one scene they share is memorable.

The violence is graphic and realistic, as with all classic gangster flicks.With hardly a dull moment, this movie is a must see for for all fans of the rat-tat-tat  genre.

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