Good action sequences and performances can't save this ugly little movie.
Like Ben Afflecks The Town, Michaels Mann's Public Enemies is a bad movuie that has a lot of things to like, but, whatmakes them bad movies is that the bad things about them far outway the good things in them. In this case, public Enemies faults lie mainly in it's shockingly distant and incompetant directing from Veteran filmaker Michael Mann, who has created some very powerful films such as The Last of the Mohican's, Heat and The Insider. Now, with those movies, he made memorable experiences for the audience by creating realistic and creative storytelling, strong script work and, most positively, some very good cinematography and visuals. Now, imagine my surtprise when I saw Public Enemies, and the cinematgraphy was easilly by biggest complaint? But, it is a big complaint. I really, really big complaint. The cinematography is just awful. No, scratch that, it isn't awful: It is garish, unattractive and quiet simply, downright amtaeurish and cheap looking. Honestly, I don't really think that it would be much of a stretch to say that it is some of the worst cinematography and camera work that I have ever seen in a mainstream movie. Sure, that sounds unbelievably harsh, but, in all honesty, I truly biueleve that this is soi. Mann, who was so good in crafting powerful and strong images that stuck with us in The Insider, and, even his muddled but at least still good looking other biopic, Ali, but here, it is just messy looking at the screen, and it doesn't help other that he the perforamnes in this movie are actually well fleashed out, the action scenes flow strognyl, and the production values stick out above the grudgy looking camerawork. Also, one smaller but still evident gripe about the movie would be that it is 140 minutes long,a nd yet,the script barely covers anything in John Dillingers life, creating a rather skimpy plot in the film, as well, and, especially for a biopic. But, even though many peiople claim that this film R Rating is quiet mild, I actually think that it is very much deserved: There is infrequent but strong bloody violence, including some very graphnic shootings with copious amounts, and even in a few caeses, buckets of blood spraying from the gunshot wounds., but, probably the most disturbing scene in the movie would be when Dillinger's girlfriend is mercilessly slapped around, beaten and forced to urinate on herself by a pair of brutal depression era cops. Also, there is some infrequent but evident sexual content, as wel, with one particularly sensual bedroom scene. And, finally, there is frequent but fairly mild language throughout the moivie, as well, with a couple uses each of f--k, sh-t, d-mn, g-dd-mn, h-ll and more. So, if you think that this movie looks good, you wouldn't be wrong, because it sure looked good from the poster, the plot and all of the first-ate actors involved with it as well. Michael Mann should be ashamed of himself. He should have been able to do a much better job, than the one he did. Oh well. Next.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking