Thursday, April 9, 2009

Public Enemies trailer 02 now online

Unfortunately, the trailer has debuted in the less than stellar format. Regardless, the film still feels like warmed over Heat with American Gangster tossed in. I'd love to be wrong, but the shoddy video format only highlights how cheap certain shots of the film look due to Michael Mann not using actual 35mm film.

To be fair, I've never been a big fan of the whole 'he may be a mass murderer but...' films. IE - he may be the man who initially flooded America with cocaine, but it's OK because he really loves daughter (Blow), or he may be a mass murderer/drug dealer, but it's OK because he bought his mom a house and exposed police corruption (American Gangster). Other would-be excuses for screen villainy include: crying at opera, playing the piano, being a book smart intellectual, and being monogamous for the entire film. Yes, I know that Dillinger was considered a folk-hero of sorts back in the day, and the current public outrage over the behavior of giant banks will only help the film, but a cliche is still a cliche.

Scott Mendelson

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