Michael Mann, action thriller extraordinaire has had me on the edge of my seat, ever since I found out he was directing the gangster flick Public Enemies. The film is based on the best selling book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, by author Bryan Burrough. It chronicles the time during the Great Depression when gangsters such as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson ruled the streets. With such great material to pull from Mann didn’t hold back on getting some of the most talented actors in Hollywood to lead the cast. Johnny Depp will star as Dillinger, and Christian Bale as Melvin Pervis, the FBI agent trying to put him behind bars.
Over at LatinoReview, they posted a review of the film via a lucky reader who got to attend an early screening.
More on the Public Enemies review after the jump…
Below are some interesting snippets from the review of Michael Mann’s upcoming work.
Honestly, on paper, this film is amazing. Shoot outs? Some daring prison escapes? Gangsters? Old fashioned wire taps and detective stuff? An outdated gangster looking back on his life and how all his friends are dead?
This IS a great idea… only it’s a poorly executed one. It’s like Mann when was on his way to transferring this amazing idea onto film or whatever digital crap he shoots his action sequences on, something was lost.
That’s not to say there aren’t good things in it – there are true moments of greatness within the film, but they are just diluted and all meaning is sucked out because of the slow pace, lack of investment in most of the characters, and just a feeling of being muddled. We don’t know anything about any of the characters beyond their actions on screen, and because of that, it feels like we know nothing about any of them and therefore just don’t really care.
Wow…….that was scathing, and this is only a portion of what was written. I really have high expectations for this film mounted on the talent of the cast alone.Yet, we all know too well that a film can have a stellar cast, but a horrible script. Lets hope that’s not the case here. Even though many people get on Michael Mann for his 1980’s TV background *cough Miami Vice* cough, they fail to realize he has directed a few of the best films I have ever seen. What about The Insider, Collateral, and the best of them all Heat?! Let’s just hope the movie caught this guy on a bad day, and that we wont be as disappointed as he is. Public Enemies opens for the rest of us on July 1, 2009. The film also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Channing Tatum, Leelee Sobieski, and Billy Crudup.