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July 17, 2009 / merlisser

Public Enemies

I saw Public Enemies.

I guess I should say some things at the outset. I am a big fan of Art Deco. I love Art Deco buildings and other Depression era buildings. You can see them all over the East coast. Also, I love men in suits. The Sartorialist is a favorite “read.”

This movie is, of course, about John Dillinger and his eventually shooting in front of the Biograph theater. It has every attractive actor who is known for doing “independent” and “quirky” movies starring in it.

It’s well acted and has a nice pace with the action. For a movie that is based on real life events and one in which you know what is going to happen, there was still some suspense. The camera work was a little dizzy. It reminded me of the Bourne Identity and The Blair Witch Project at times where the camera just seemed to be flying everywhere. The art direct and sets were very realistic. If you look at footage from the news reels about Dillinger at the time, you can see that a lot of care was put into making the details realistic and as close to the actual events as possible, except all the actors are eye candy.

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