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Public Enemies (2009)

Crime | 140 minutes
3,30 3.061 votes

Genre: Crime / Action

Duration: 140 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Michael Mann

Stars: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard

IMDb score: 7,0 (318.311)

Releasedate: 1 July 2009

Public Enemies plot

"America's Most Wanted."

The 1930s in the United States was characterized by crimes and gangsters that made the country unsafe. John Dillinger (Johhny Depp) is a well-known bank robber and murderer who keeps slipping out of the hands of the police. While searching for Dillinger and his colleagues Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd, the police are assisted by a new agency, the first federal law enforcement agency: the FBI. Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) leads the group of cops trying to arrest the dangerous mobsters.

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avatar van Lovelyboy


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Nicest action/crime film and that's about it, without further detracting from the film. The action is fine, because if anyone can realistically portray a shooting scene, it's Mann. Furthermore, the atmosphere and great stylish and cinematic moments, certain things just make sense, it feels real.

The disadvantage is the lack of dialogue and as the end of the film approaches, the idea that you still know Dillinger Purvis because their character is in that sense far too little revealed. Would have taken half an hour for a little more depth in that sense. Definitely a missed opportunity.

Extremely entertaining, not particularly good. Fun and entertaining, and unfortunately that's where it ends quickly.

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avatar van umbra


  • 3685 messages
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Film rather leaves a disappointed feeling. Especially because a film with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale creates very high expectations for me. Love both their style, the roles they've already played. Film certainly has something and is more than watchable, but just doesn't have it to really pop. I really experienced this one as an average to just above average crime film, no more, unfortunately. There are really too many moments in the film where it literally collapses. I can nevertheless taste Bale and Depp and that makes it not unsatisfactory, but I really can't give it more than a 6/10.

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avatar van Brabants


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Public Enemies a meager story that is stretched very long. Mostly sleep-inducing where Depp didn't really come across as the gangster to me. You want to give something like this a chance, but I can't even imagine how to approach it positively.

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