Sound Off: Public Enemies - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
July 1, 2009
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Hitting theaters today is Michael Mann's very highly anticipated 1930's gangster movie Public Enemies about real life bank robber John Dillinger. Its got one hell of a cast - Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard - but are they more than just familiar faces? It seems like it could be as good as The Untouchables, but does it ever reach those heights? Does Mann's realistic HD camera style work for this story or is it too glossy for a period piece? Did it live up to all of your expectations? Sound off below, leave your thoughts, and let us know what you thought of Public Enemies!
To fuel the fire, I wasn't too fond of Public Enemies. I was really hoping I'd like it, but I didn't, and I'm not sure why. Most of the performances are great, the story is exciting, and there are some truly fantastic tommy gun fights. I hate to say it, but I think Mann's choice to use HD cameras made me feel disconnected from the story. His action cutting was far more confusing than anything from Michael Bay. And the story moved too quickly - we never got any time to learn about John Dillinger or get a closer look at his bank robberies. I'm probably going to forget about this in just a few months, which is a let down for cast and crew this talented.
What did you think of Public Enemies? Great summer action or too glossy for its own good?