Public Enemies

Michael Mann – back on form?

Many were disappointed with Miami Vice, and I’d put myself in that category, but only because all the muttering made it like watching a foreign film without subtitles. I have a feeling I’ll be giving it another watch once I’ve seen Public Enemies – the exceptionally promising film draws comparisons to Mann’s sublime Heat (no, not the magazine). The cast is top-notch – Depp and Bale are of such esteem that they can be mentioned in the same breath as Heat’s De Niro and Pacino, while they are supported by Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Billy Crudup, who broke through the limitations of mo-cap with an incredible performance in this this year’s Watchmen (take that, Andy Serkis!)

The story focuses on John Dillinger, notorious bank robber and cult hero (in the vein of Jesse James and Robin Hood), and the creation of the FBI to capture him. I have high hopes for this one, so even if there aren’t free screenings near you, it might actually be worth…..(gasp!)…..paying to see!

Free screenings on Monday 29th June at

  • Birmingham
  • Braehead, Glasgow
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff Atlantic Wharf
  • Edinburgh Wester Hailes
  • Gateshead, Newcastle
  • Greenwich, London
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Liverpool ONE
  • Manchester Printworks

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