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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of film: “PUBLIC ENEMIES” – A new view of Unauthorized Wire-Tapping!

Review of film:   PUBLIC ENEMIES  A new view of Unauthorized Wire-Tapping! =  
Rating:  9 of 10 stars (based on an advance screening:)  
Date Rated: Jul 1, 2009 | Rel. Date: Jul 1, 2009

You’re probably aware this covers the story of the FBI’s pursuit of its onetime Public Enemy # 1, JOHN DILLINGER (finely played by JOHNNY DEPP)…
 With a great deal of historical accuracy, Michael Mann’s film pulses with an exceptionally effective ENERGY as it tells the story of the pursuit of various Depression-era criminals as ordered by J. Edgar Hoover (BILLY CRUDUP) & executed by Melvin Purvis (CHRISTIAN BALE) & his associates…
 While there are loads of impressively-done ACTION scenes such as bank robberies, car chases and gunfights, it was surprising (and enjoyable) to see the extent of the LOVE story between Dillinger & his paramour Billie Frechette (MARION COTILLARD) and the detailing of the “grunt” work done (including tapping & recording of people’s PHONE conversations) in trying to FIND Dillinger & his henchmen...

...  You’ll see why Dillinger was a sort of people’s ‘HERO’…
...  I consider this an excellently done MULTI-level story-telling-- & it would've been fine if it was even LONGER (& especially if the cut-out "Jailhouse" scene [concerning Dillinger's nephew] which I was in as an "extra" was INCLUDED in it) !...

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