Public Enemies

Public Enemies

A couple of days ago I went to the cinema to watch “Public Enemies“, also known as “Johnny D”.  I’ve been waiting for this film for a few month now, since the first time I saw its trailer.

Sadly, it turned out to be a disappointment.  There were a few good moments, yes, but overall it was rather empty.  The story wasn’t interesting or engaging.  The characters were many and shallow.  There was practically no drama.  And there was very little of action.  Relations between different characters were also very vague, partially because there is very little dialogue and nothing happens.  So you can’t really make it out who thinks what of who and how they all are getting along.

It was also a disappointment technically.  First of all, I am getting pretty irritated by the shaking camera these days.  It wasn’t fun back in Blair witch times, and it isn’t fun today.  Soft focus and purposeful mistakes which are aimed at creating an old film effect were destructing and annoying.  Also, the choice of sound effects and music was strange at best.  During the rare gun fights, the sound was quite crisp and surrounding.  But during some other scenes it was either too distant or too quiet.   Frequent moments of no music and no dialogue without dramatic pauses felt very much like an amateur cinema.  And on top of that, the film runs for 2 hours 20 minutes.  Way too much.

My overall rating – 3 stars.  There was a lot of potential though.


Just watched “Basic” on DVD. This movie anything, but basic. I think that I’ll have to watch it like another five times to get all facts together and understand the thing completely. Or maybe just once will do with some sleep hours beforehand.

Remember me recently complaining about more than half of the films that I watch having a simple story? Well, this film is surely an exception from that. Storyline changes several times during the course of the film. And just when I started to think that it’s getting pretty close to the end and that there were plenty of story changes already, and that this is the final one – ***BOOM*** – and it changed again. And repeat. 3 times. All of these changes are further confused by a pretty fast pace of the movie and a short duration (just one and a half hours for all of them).

There were many familiar actors here, but nothing particularly remarkable about the acting. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen and others all did a good job, but I don’t see any awards rushing this direction.

Overall a good film with a good bit of entertainment. It could use some action and light over the jungle scenes, but these are pretty standard complains about any “U.S. Marine” movie.

4 out of 5.