Director Michael Mann is a good director but what a mess he can make of adaptations---e.g., he screwed up his own TV creation ‘Miami Vice’ in 2006. So I hesitate on pushing his movies, but ‘Public Enemies’ was nothing short of great!!! Set in the 1930’s, John Dillinger was given more press than the cops!! He broke out of jail and could rob banks less in 2 minutes. He had to be stopped, and the man who did it was agent Melvin Purvis. Typical crime story if it wasn’t true.
Johnny Depp as Dillinger was good--he can act. Mr. Intensity himself Christian Bale is always good. I wish he would do a romantic-comedy to lighten up a bit. French actress Marion Cotillard who won an Oscar for ‘La Vie Rose’ as “Lady In Red” was good as well. To be honest all the actors were very good.
The bad is glorifying the criminal. It is exciting but either they are killed or go into a witness protection program--both a sad end for a charismatic, egoistical set of criminals who swear they can’t be caught. I hate to say it, but I can’t wait for what Michael Mann does next.