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Public Enemies Trailer Now Online
Michael Mann sets Depp against Bale!

05 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Apple

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It's Heat with Tommy guns! And fedoras! And lots of Brylcreem! And Johnny Depp and Christian Bale facing off in the heart of America in the 1930s, with Michael Mann directing. Yes, it's the trailer for Public Enemies and it's online here on Yahoo! UK and the HD version here on Apple.

Judging by this trailer, we can expect Johnny Depp to play a borderline sociopath (but a really charming one) who delights in robbing the most architecturally significant banks in the West (all the better to provide soaring aerial shots of the action). Christian Bale's the cold-blooded lawman (think Equilibrium) and Billy Crudup gets prissy as legendary FBI head J. Edgar Hoover.

There's a possible spoiler in here about the fate of one character (we say possible because it's not clear how early on it happens) but otherwise this gorgeously shot piece is going to whet your appetite for the film's release on July 3.


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#1 Public enemy
what an amazing looking film! ive read the book and it is a fantastic story full of everything. the trailer was amazing and has only hyped me up more. Depp looks amazing and so does Bale. (even though im not a bale fan i think he is going to give a super performace) alot of your reviews are complaing about Bale not having a big part in the trailer im not being biest but you have to remember that the main character Dillenger is played my Depp so its going to have a lot of him in the trailer. More

Posted by mrsdepp09 at 11:50 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Good...
Now THIS, this is Christian Bale in a Film that looks (and more than likely will be), pretty damn good. BTW, lona_no_friends, I do agree with you that the trailer was a bit thin on the Bale footage but let's face it, Depp would steal the show even if he only had a five minute cameo in this movie. Looking forward to this - Mann is the MAN! More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 06:25 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

dillinger..
looks promising but perhaps it showed a little too much of the film? More

Posted by MathewRed at 16:05 on 11 March 2009 | Report This Post

Looks pretty damned good, but where was all the Christian Bale? I love how any film with Johnny Depp in it will focus primarily on the fact that Johnny Depp is in it. It may as well have read 'Starring JOHNNY BLOODY DEPP!!!... and a bunch of other people...' More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 01:17 on 11 March 2009 | Report This Post

WOW wee
Micheal Mann back 2 his best after dismal miami Vice, HEAT 2 MAYBE? More

Posted by S.E.R.P.I.C.O at 16:27 on 10 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Dillinger
Count me in. This is my sort of movie. Love Depp. Love Bale and Love Michael Mann films. Colour me excited. More

Posted by shool at 15:22 on 10 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Dillinger
Why's Mann still going for the video look? It worked for Miami Vice but here it just looks amateurish. Agree about Bale, his voice is always dull More

Posted by Mycroft at 19:02 on 09 March 2009 | Report This Post

Dillinger
Having seen dillinger and liked it, it is brilliant to see a bank robbery film directed by Michael Mann and starring two of hollywood's greates actors. Please don't be a dissapointment. It's shot beautifully though. More

Posted by Blue Ryan at 16:07 on 09 March 2009 | Report This Post

Couldn't agree more
What is it with showing the whole film in the trailer? It's really annoying!! Anyway, it looks shit. I didn't actually make to the end of the trailer... More

Posted by chris wootton at 14:43 on 09 March 2009 | Report This Post

Before watching this trailer I knew nothing about John Dillinger. Now I kinda feel like I've seen most of the film. More

Posted by nclowe at 13:30 on 09 March 2009 | Report This Post

WOW what a trailer
that looks amazing Depp is one of my favourite actors in the world and this just show how much of a good actor he is. im also quite impressed by Marion asweel. overall the whole trailer looks good im just wondering what rating this film will be?? More

Posted by coolkirstie at 10:25 on 08 March 2009 | Report This Post

WOW what a trailer
that looks amazing Depp is one of my favourite actors in the world and this just show how much of a good actor he is. im also quite impressed by Marion asweel. overall the whole trailer looks good im just wondering what rating this film will be?? More

Posted by coolkirstie at 10:25 on 08 March 2009 | Report This Post

Spoiler..???
This film is based on the book of the same name..which I have read..which are based on true facts so how can there be a spoiler when the characters fates have all been recorded in great detail.. I hope the film lives up to the book! More

Posted by leelee_uk at 23:39 on 07 March 2009 | Report This Post

pant wettingly excellent More

Posted by olihiggy at 10:23 on 06 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: What a trailer
L: hatebox L: chrysalisloall A really good trailer I thought, good music, beautiful shots of both action and charcters (and what a voice by Billy Crudup !). Only slight downside, and I can't believe I'm saying this, is Depp. He looks incredibly bored in some shots, notably the opener talking to her about what he does. Later on, he gets better, but at times in the beginning he looks entirely uninterested. he livens up when interacting with the press a bit and when he gets the bug for More

Posted by chrysalisloall at 08:23 on 06 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: What a trailer
L: chrysalisloall A really good trailer I thought, good music, beautiful shots of both action and charcters (and what a voice by Billy Crudup !). Only slight downside, and I can't believe I'm saying this, is Depp. He looks incredibly bored in some shots, notably the opener talking to her about what he does. Later on, he gets better, but at times in the beginning he looks entirely uninterested. he livens up when interacting with the press a bit and when he gets the bug for fame. I reckon h More

Posted by hatebox at 00:21 on 06 March 2009 | Report This Post

yeah, this looks pretty cool. was it dillinger who said 'at least i don't rob banks by being the chairman' or some such? More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 18:58 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

VERY DODGY CGI!!!!
see the shot of Depp jumping over a wall or a barrier? that's one of the worst CGI head replacement shots i've ever seen. More

Posted by Hughezy at 18:19 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Public Enemies Trailer Now Online
Same crap, different decade. Guns, banks, suits, dialogue.   I love Michael Mann, but this is the same old, same old. More

Posted by elzupasmonkey at 17:51 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Public Enemies Trailer Now Online
Interesting to see he's using the Viper method he's been honing since Collateral on this one, a period piece. Gives it a harder, grittier edge than we're perhaps used to. There are some pretty strong links between this and Heat. Depp even utters the same line DeNiro does ("We're here for the banks money, not yours)! Looking forward to this; I for one am a little tired of seeing ye olden times through rose tinted spectacles. Lets have us some dirt and cordite. Also, Bale looks like a bad as More

Posted by C M Newcombe at 15:49 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

More Mann Modernism
Why are Mann's movies always so lacking in feeling, cold and empty style exercises? This feels as 1930s as a modern car/communications/corporate ad… Poor Depp, poor Bale, and poor audience (who will stay away from it). More

Posted by olirog at 15:31 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: What a trailer
Looks great, not too sure about Billy Crudup's accent though!! More

Posted by Felix at 15:30 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

What a trailer
A really good trailer I thought, good music, beautiful shots of both action and charcters (and what a voice by Billy Crudup !). Only slight downside, and I can't believe I'm saying this, is Depp. He looks incredibly bored in some shots, notably the opener talking to her about what he does. Later on, he gets better, but at times in the beginning he looks entirely uninterested. he livens up when interacting with the press a bit and when he gets the bug for fame. I reckon he is playing it as if he More

Posted by chrysalisloall at 15:23 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Another good'un from the Mann-ster
There is definiatley a Heat feel to it it, and also a mix with Depp's very own Blow. Looks great, sounds great, looking forward to this a lot, though it's a shame we didn't see a lot of Bale to balance the overuse of Depp (if yoiu can overuse Depp that is). He's obviously adverse to awards so releases his films out of the loop (Novemeber - January) as his movies would win Oscars and the such aplenty - especially the almighty Heat. More

Posted by Taz69 at 14:55 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Some wee just came out...
I'm loving the look of the HD cameras personally, only Michael Mann movies look this way because he uses natural light where possible and it gives all his movies a real immediacy! This could look like just another smooth, hollywood biopic in the vain of Sam Mendes etc but he's managed to give a film set in the 1930's a realistic, documentary film that I feel draws you into the action - you feel like you're actually in the bank while the robbery is occuring! Also, this film marks the return of DP More

Posted by alexhealy at 13:50 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Well that gave me a tingle in my Dillinger... Looking forward to it. More

Posted by dunkah at 13:47 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Hoover
Will Crup don women's clothes at one point to properly capture J Edgar Hoover? More

Posted by hughjass at 13:15 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

It sure makes up for the poster...
....which was incredibly dull. But the trailer looks absolutely amazing, I can hardly wait! More

Posted by anascreen29 at 13:14 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Looks Damn Good
This may have just jumped up to the top of my most wanted list of 2009, just below Avatar and just above Transformers 2 methinks! More

Posted by Fozola at 13:13 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: HD
It looks pretty great to me. Bale and Depp on the same screen screams nothing but win. More

Posted by matthewforan at 11:59 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

HD
I'm sorry, but it looks like some on set footage and not like a movie. I accepted the HD look in the context of modern urban movies like Collateral and Miami Vice, but it's just wrong for a period piece. Oh so wrong. Yet I agree, Fincher managed to make Zodiac NOT look like HD, so why does this look like a high quality home movie? More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:52 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

It looks terribly, awfully good. And it being shot on video does look odd, but it might be a quirk that adds quality rather than detracts. More

Posted by wooz at 11:50 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

mmeeehhh
How come when Fincher uses digital filmmaking it looks how cinema should look but when Mann uses it, it looks like a home movie. Miami Vice wasn't great and i'm not blown away with this trailer. God i hope i'm wrong. More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 11:47 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: NICE
Not sure about shooting in HD. Looks a little unnatural and crap too be honest. More

Posted by Mr E at 11:47 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

NICE
I have to say this looks great, Depp and Bale facing off alright. Depp should be could its seems like a text book Depp role and Bale looks top it look like a very quiet performance which will be nice. Marion oh Marion she is beautiful jesus I want her. More

Posted by Scorchio at 11:33 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Yay!
I knew it! After seeing the poster, the trailer comes along and it looks F-ING AMAZING! Johnny Depp suits the role and so does Christian Bale, how hot did they look?! I hope they show more of the other gang soon if they do a another trailer around the time it comes out. I really can't wait for this, July seems too far away. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 11:25 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Groovy
L: jimoakley666 Looks bloody ace. Seems like Mann has filmed the gun fights a la Heat where they are so friggin loud that it rattles off the walls of the cinema, sends your eardrums into shock and makes you feel it & say "fuuuuuck!"... sp; Right on brother! That or Miami Vice - when the sniper opens fire at the beginning of the film - me and the mrs jumped a good foot out of our seats that was an experience and a half. Love Mann's gun porn. Love it.  More

Posted by Ghost Mutt at 11:24 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

A little too much?
Looks awesome! Not sure they had to give away most of the story line in the trailer. Most people are going to be sold on the poster, cast and of course the Mann!! Maybe more of a teaser trailer would of been better. Like the original Heat trailer. More

Posted by jezy at 11:23 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Woo!
Looks very cool. Didn't see much of Bale but he looked like his usual brooding relentless self. It seems to have an awful lot in common with Heat which is not a bad thing. Am looking forward to it! More

Posted by dansimm2000 at 11:21 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

HEAT PART 2!!!
Ok I am sold...enough said!! More

Posted by Noelg25 at 11:08 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Oh baby!!
As a massive Mann and Heat fan this looks awesome! Even the music straight after when the universal logo comes up sounds exactly like the music from the Heat bank robbery scene! In a summer of films that'll probably be very average I hope this is great and not another Miami Vice. More

Posted by Blyman at 10:59 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Sold
I'm so fucking in. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:51 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Sold
I'm so fucking in. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:41 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Erm is it me...
or has the text let alone the link for the trailer disappeared off the face of the earth? I can only see Johnny Depp's face...and everyone else's comments and other stuff around the story itself...can anyone tell me if I am just being stupid? (it was a rhetorical question, Errol. What have I told u about thinking?) More

Posted by Noelg25 at 10:27 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Groovy
Looks bloody ace. Seems like Mann has filmed the gun fights a la Heat where they are so friggin loud that it rattles off the walls of the cinema, sends your eardrums into shock and makes you feel it & say "fuuuuuck!"... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:12 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Alright let's do this...
That looks brilliant from what I can tell, had no idea that's how the film would plan out - I simply thought it would be a basic cat and mouse in similar vein to Heat (a workaholic cop on the trail of a likeable professional thief) but the jail break aspect looks very interesting. Roll on the summer. More

Posted by Ghost Mutt at 10:09 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post

Alright let's do this...
LEEEERRRRRRROOOOOYYYY MMMJENKINS!!!! About time something surficed, been waiting for this for months... More

Posted by Ghost Mutt at 10:03 on 05 March 2009 | Report This Post


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