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Entries in bank robbery (2)

Friday
May172013

South African Swat Team

South African Swat is not to be trifled with.  Enjoy the vid and happy Friday.

h/t ENDO

Friday
Jul032009

My Review of Public Enemies

I recently saw Public Enemies this week and I must say it took the bad taste that was Transformers 2 right out of my mouth.  Before I get into the review I'm letting you know I'm biased towards this film for two reasons.  I'm a sucker for well made period pieces and Michael Mann is my all time favorite director. 

As you can see from the trailer Public Enemies is a 1930's gangster film about bank robbers. The best way to describe this film would be to compare it to Michael Mann's other film epic, Heat.  You have a crew of bank robbers who know their trade and can handle a weapon.  They move into the bank as style and charisma, take the money and leave before the cavalry shows up.  There's a notable scene where when leaving the bank a customer stares down a small amount of money (from his transaction) as Johnny Depp walks by.  Depp cooly states "You can keep your money, I'm here for the bank's money."  There is very similar line stated by DeNiro in Heat as they take that big bank down town. To further belay the comparison, the struggle of DeNiro and Depp is quite similar.  Not knowing when the "heat" is going to show up and always being ready; the constant lure of one more big score in the midst of trying to balance things like relationships.

Public Enemies has some wonderful gun fights.  There sound design is top notch, and hearing those Thompsons go full auto and let a muzzle flash out the size of a campfire brought a huge smile to my face.  There were several street battles that looked and sounded and awful lot like the big ass robbery in Heat.  This is by no means a problem, but rather a display of awesomeness.

I really enjoyed Johnny Depp (Dillinger) in this film.  He is the epitome of a bad ass gangster (of that era) and drips class and swagger.  Oddly enough even though he is the "bad guy" you still find yourself rooting for his cause.  In a particularly great scene, Depp goes after a young lady friend he just met.  He is ready to pull the trigger and take her along on his adventure, and she is rather reticent.  She gives a line about not knowing anything about him, and he gives a quick bad ass response about liking "whiskey, baseball, movies, fast cars, and you." I literaly heard a woman in the back of the theater yell out "Men, take notes!"

Bale is good in this film too.  It was refreshing to see him drop the throaty Batman voice, but his mid western(?) accent was left to be desired.  Bale leads up the FBI and is constantly chasing after Dillinger for the film's entirety. 

My one complaint about this film (if you can call it that) is the highs and lows.  When the gun fights rage on, the film gets very intense.  When it switches to dialogue scenes in between those shots, it feels a little slow.  In reality I don't think it is all that slow, but the switching of intensities can make it feel that way.

Should you see this film?  If you like Deep, Bale, gangster films, Heat, Michael Mann, or Thompsons this film is for you.  Is it the best film ever?  No, (I'm also saying this to NOT inflate your expectations) but it does have a good story, good acting, great action, and bad ass gangsters.  Nuff said.  Don't waste your time or money on Transformers 2, and go see Public Enemies instead.