“Public Enemies”

3.5 out of 5 stars

Recessions always bring out the best in gangsters. Michael Mann’s Depression-era “Public Enemies” looks to evoke a “Bonny and Clyde”-like vibe. It asks the audience to root for the bad guy (Johnny Depp as John Dillinger) robbing all the stuck-up banks and ogle his hot girlfriend (Oscar-winning Marion Coutillard). Then again, with Christian Bale — the Batman himself — hot on Depp’s trail, maybe picking a side won’t be as easy as it seems. Here’s hoping Mann can dig a little deeper than summer movie tommy-gun-firing mania.

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