Michael Mann's 2009 crime thriller Public Enemies
tells the story of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger -- in the most brooding and serious terms possible. You might think that a movie about one of the most beloved badasses in criminal history would be all about explosiveness and fun. But, then again, you'd probably think the same thing about a movie adaptation of Miami Vice
. Exuberance just isn't Mann's style, and for people who want a little payoff or satisfaction in their 2.5 hours of plodding, teeth-grinding intensity, that will be a problem. But for people who loved Heat
, this is a tour de force.
Johnny Depp stars as Dilling...