Hollywood hasn't cranked out a decent gangster movie in a while, so hopes are high for Public Enemies (R), especially since it stars Johnny Depp as legendary bank robber John Dillinger. If he can't revitalize the genre, nobody can.
Directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral), Public Enemies dramatizes the FBI's effort to track down the 1930s crime icon. Adding to the hunk factor, Billy Crudup (Watchmen) co-stars as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, with Batman himself, Christian Bale, portraying Melvin Purvis, Hoover's top agent.
Balancing the hormones a bit, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) co-stars as Dillinger's moll. Preview trailers suggest impeccable period design, plenty of action and more photogenic cheekbones than any movie deserves.
A review of Public Enemies will be published next week on entertainment.tampabay.com and Etc, Page 2B.