Can't get a bank loan? Try the John Dillinger method. Carry a gun and know how to use it. The Thompson machine gun: don't leave home without it.
John Dillinger was very good at what he did. He robbed banks with great professionalism. The depression era public of the 1930's loved him for it. He was the Jesse James of his day. He and his gang could clean out a bank in less than two minutes. The next time you are standing in the bank line just think about that. If you had a Thompson sub-machine gun, do you think maybe the bozo at the teller window would have filled out his deposit slip beforehand?
Bonnie and Clyde were rank amateurs compared to the cool and calculating Dillinger. They had no idea what they were doing. They were more like Bonnie and Clod. It's a miracle those two hillbilly retards didn't shoot each other instead of the people who were trying to stop them.
The movie "Public Enemies" does let you know about the true nature of Dillinger and his abilities. The problem is that Director Michael Mann does a bad job of developing the other characters in the movie. For comparison, check out the movie "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967). It is considered by many to be one of the classic gangster movies, right up there with the Godfather flicks. What does "Public Enemies" lack that these classics have in spades? Oh, just a little thing called character development. Mr. Mann have you ever heard of this? Because it's kind of important when it comes to making movies that the audience will actually connect with. Almost all the characters come off as two dimensional soulless gunslingers.
Not that this flick is a total waste of time. Even Michael Mann can't make a movie about Dillinger that is completely boring.
You also have to give the makers of this atmospheric and rather flashy gangster pic credit for having good timing. We are living in an age where people have to put up a ridiculous amount of money to get a loan. The banks seem to be holding onto the cash the feds gave them tighter than a right wing talk show host with his last bottle of hillbilly heroin. Almost everyone hates the banks and the bankers. This is the perfect time to release a movie about one of the best bank robbers of all time.
Joking aside, the Dillinger gang was deadly. They did kill about a dozen people. This movie will make you think it was more like 10 dozen. Bullets are sprayed all over the place. It's called the Thompson machine gun Mr Mann, not the Thompson water hose. The ultra-violence was no doubt put in to sell theater tickets. With torture porn, like the Saw movies doing so well, apparently Hollywood thinks they have to keep up with the psycho carnage Joneses. Just telling the incredible true story of Dillinger and his gang was not enough. This flick is as subtle as a knee in the groin. In fact you may want to pound your dick with a ball peen hammer after seeing it. And by dick I mean that part of your anatomy, not dick as in police detective.
As a subplot, we are also shown some of the slick political moves of the man who squeezed Congress for money to fund his FBI. This movie will have you believe that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover used the fear of and fame of Dillinger to build his nationwide police force. Apparently there were no Islamo-fascists around at the time to serve the purpose. Either that or he just couldn't impress the Congressional budget committee in that cute little cocktail dress with the black pumps.
Seeing this flick will leave you dazed and cold. Just like mob bag man Toothpick Charlie, who is presently sleeping with the fishes.
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