THE GOLDEN AGE OF BANK ROBBERIES

PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Based on a true story, Public Enemies tells the story of how FBI agent Melvin Purvis tries to stop bank robbers, John Dillinger, Alvin Karpis and Baby Face Nelson, in the 1930s.

Each time Dillinger steps out to rob banks in “one minute and forty seconds… flat”, I’m amazed. They even planned their escape so well, with civilians acting as their shields till they are a safe distance away from the police. Dillinger even has his own version of “prison break”, which is pretty smart too! But alas, Purvis’ and Dillinger’s fates are rather pitiful. Due to his recklessness and eagerness to capture Dillinger, Purvis caused the deaths of many of his colleagues and eventually committed suicide a year after Dillinger was shot.

One thing though, Johnny Depp is really charismatic as John Dillinger. You’ll find yourself rooting for him!

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