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March 5, 2009 |

By Daniel Carlson | Trailers | March 5, 2009 |

Here’s the thing: Public Enemies has a really good shot at being a good movie, or at any rate, a really amazing failure. This isn’t The Newton Boys, starring a dude who’d rather be shirtless; this isn’t Mobsters, where the studio pinned its hopes on the acting chops of Richard Grieco. No, this is a Depression-era crime and caper flick directed by Michael Mann, whose credits of course include Heat, Collateral, and even an old episode of “Crime Story.” And it stars Johnny Depp — one of the best actors of his generation, and a man who deserves more than just the embarrassing Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — as John Dillinger, who robbed something like 742 banks in the 1930s. And oh yeah, it co-stars Christian Bale as Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent hunting Dillinger. The supporting cast includes Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, and Giovanni Ribisi. Basically, there’s a solid amount of above-the-line talent involved. Plus, it’s been a while since we’ve had a great crime movie set in the early part of the century, and the hats and tommy guns alone are enough to make you wish they made ‘em like this more often.

It hits theaters July 1. Here’s the trailer:

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