Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Review: Public Enemies

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Title: Public Enemies
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Michael Mann
Writer(s): Ronan Bennett (screenplay) and Michael Mann (screenplay)
Staring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale
MPAA Rating: Rated R for gangster violence and some language.
Running Time: 140 min (2 hr and 19 min)
Synopsis: The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 3 ½ Star
Michael Phillips: 3 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: B-

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: Rent It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 65% (Fresh), Top Critics: 60% (Fresh), RT Community: 69% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 70 out of 100, Users: 6.8 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 68: (17.8% A, 47.3% B, 30.0% C, 4.7% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: An adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34.

Acting and Dialogue: B: Jonhny Deep was great, Bale on the other hand well, it wasn’t the batman voice like in every other film.

Art Direction: A-: Period pieces always amaze me when it comes to art and costumes, can you say possible Oscar nomination.

Cinematography: A: I like that the film had a sepia tone overtone feel to it even though it was filmed in color.

Direction: B: It was a bit long and dragged in some areas.

Sound and Music: A: Very good sound mixing. The ratio between soundless and foley was amazing.

VFX: B+: Most of it was done by practical FX witch was pulled off nicely.

Overall: B+: I liked the film. In my opinion there could have been a few more bank robberies. This film was more of a drama and I think I wanted action…besides that it was a good film.