Public Enemies

A major disappointment.  The movie has an interesting “look and feel” (the director, Michael Mann, used to do Miami Vice), although many of the shots were too poorly lit for my taste. But the story of an improbably-popular Depression-era bank robber and his lovely girl friend hunted down by implacable government agents has been told before, and Bonnie and Clyde was a much better movie.  French actress Marion Cotillard is suprisingly good as the half-French, half-Native American girlfriend.  But Johnny Depp gives an uncharacteristically restrained and emotionally empty performance — an earring might have helped.

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