Based on the book “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34″, it tells the story of one bunch of criminals with John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as the center character. Christian Bale starred as FBI Agent Melvin Purvis, tasked to hunt down Dillinger and his cronies.
Btw, all these did really happen from those said years. Dillinger was a famous bank robber (i used “famous" because he was well-liked by the common people and the press media) but nonetheless a cold blooded killer. The movie, tried to follow the actual events as close as possible, down to those teeny little details like where the gunshot exit wounds recorded to be.
1) Storyline – 18 / 30
Although this was based on a true story, i feel that the storytelling itself did not bring out the best in it. I felt somehow lacking when certain characters suddenly appear/die and got rather lost.
2) Entertainment value – 15 / 25
Even though i knew that Dillinger will die and how he would die, the show shouldn’t feel lifeless. It was kinda draggy in the beginning but as the show went on, it starts to hurry and leaves many questions unanswered.
3) Cast – 16 / 25
Johnny Depp is good. Christian Bale is so-so and i don’t feel his face can give a wide range of expressions.
4) Pace / Flow – 13 / 20
The show is at its best during those bank robbery scenes which are few and far between. The other parts are quite boring but the good thing is, many actual events/details are followed closely.
Think of this show as a documentary showing the criminals of the 30’s and you will forgive the shortcomings this movie has.