The disenfranchised, dystrophic probation era is brought to life in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. The criminals housed in Public Enemies are representations, like in American Gangster, of the role models current hooligans and “gangstas” regard with such high esteem. Film-wise, Public Enemies is not perfect but it is imbued with brilliant moments. Public Enemies is set in the early parent of last century in the United States and is in part about a romance that develops between two of the film’s main characters.
Prolific bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), is first presented as a successful, professional bank robber, icon-a-sized and admired by the public (he never steals from people depositing in the banks he robs). He is a quasi-Robin Hood, a poor man that steals from the rich and insured to make himself rich. Many people admire that about him, especially during the economic hardships of that time period. He is personified more as a rogue, a thorn in upper society’s heel, than a murdering criminal in newspaper and on the radio, even though that is exactly what he is.
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