Michael Mann (Miami Vice) offers a handsome but underwhelming gangster film covering John Dillinger's crime spree from his parole from prison on May 10, 1933 to his death fourteen months later, on July 22, 1934. The movie is two hours and twenty minutes long, is visually impressive and more rudimentary than I expected. Parallels between the '30s and recent times are noted, but not pursued. We all know when and how Dillinger gets taken down, leaving us to watch the robberies, gunfights, captures and escapes in-between with hopes of feeling something more than a sense of inevitability. There is little insight or character shading to be had. Johnny Depp's performance as Dillinger is serviceable, but lacks the flair he generally exhibits. The rest of the impressive cast isn't particularly impressive either. 140 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track, documentaries and featurettes.

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