Thursday, May 21, 2009

Public Enemies Preview/Synopsis

Public Enemies July 1

Directed by Michael Mann ( Last Of The Mochicans, Heat ) Starring Johhny Depp ( John Dillinger ) Christian Bale ( Melvin Purvis ) Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup ( J. Edgar Hoover ) Channing Tatum ( Pretty Boy Floyd ) Stephen Graham ( Baby Face Nelson ) Giovani Ribisi ( Alvin Karpis ) David Wenham ( Pete Pierpont ) Stephen Dorff ( Homer Van Meter ) Lily Taylor ( Sheriff Lillian Holley ) Shawn Hatosy ( John Madala ) with Rory Cochran, James Russo, Stephen Lang, John Ortiz, Leelee Sobieski, Spencer Garrett, Carey Mulligan. Written by Mann, Ronan Barrett and Ann Binderman ( Primal Fear ) Cinematography by Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti ( The Insider, LA Confidential ) Editng by Jeffrey Ford ( Breach, One Hour Photo ) Original Music by Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal ( Frida, Interview With The Vampire )

Story goes back to the depression era early 1930's, when head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, assembled a band of renegade agent's to capture Pulic Enemy # 1 ( which were bank robbers Dillinger, Nelson and Floyd ) and the rest of their cronies.

Rated R for gangster violence and language. 143 min.

Oscar chances ? Looks like it could be a Oscar type of movie with all assembled, but I'm feeling more of a summer popcorn movie. Many who have screened it say Cotillard's performance is electric and the best of the whole film. If it did stand any chances for Oscar attention, I'd say you can never count Johnny Depp out. Possibles for Art Direction, Editing and Cinematography. If Billy Crudup really engulfs himself as Hoover, he could be a possibility in Supporting Actor.


imagoodjudge said...

This should be good but I don't think it's going to be Oscar worthy though. It has summer popcorn look going for it. But that doesn't mean it will suck. I just keep hearing a lot of people saying Depp should get an Oscar nomination for his Dillinger portrayal. Hold your horses. If he doesn't get a Oscar nomination, doesn't mean it won't be a good movie. Plus, the premise has always been a fascinating one of true stories. Many people thought of John Dillinger as a hero.

moviefreak said...

I don't think it's going to be Oscar material either. I think it will be a entertaining movie though.

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