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Star Cinema Review of Public Enemies

publicPublic Enemies Rated: R Running Time: 2  hours 23 minutes 3 stars out of 4 This movie literally draws you in right away.  There are no opening credits or scene setters.  John Dillinger's adventures begin immediately.  I found myself sucked into the story, but in the end I realized there was probably a lot more story to tell.  It may seem hard to believe considering the movie is 2 and a half hours long. Johnny Depp does a wonderful job of playing a bank robber who thinks he's invincible and Chritsian Bale is quite convincing as Melvin Purvis, the man who won't rest until Dillinger is behind bars.  However, even with all the bank robberies and chases I still felt like I only saw a small portion of Dillinger's life.  A perfect example of this was the love story between Dillinger and Billie Frechette (played by Marion Cotillard).  Their love story was reduced to just a few encounters which made it seem unrealistic that he would put his life on the line to get back to her. This is still worth seeing, but if you're going just to see the scenes shot in Wisconsin you'll be disappointed.  You'll be able to recognize our Capitol, but that's about it. Click here for showtimes at Star Cinema.

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