As I mentioned in my previous post, Channing Tatum's historical drama, 'Public Enemies,' had another test screening on Thursday night. The screening was held at the Sherman Oaks Arclight in the Los Angeles, California area, and director Michael Mann was in attendance again (along with a reported packed house of around 400 - 600 extremely lucky screeners).
Reviewers are raving about the "superb" acting and casting and "top notch" cinematography, art direction, costumes, and score that transported them back to the 1930's. Below you will find snippets from one of the reviews I found on Ain't It Cool News. Enjoy!!!
"...They had one of those special screenings last night where they don't tell you what the title of the movie is at the Sherman Oaks Arclight. When I first read the synopsis on my pass about a John Dillinger gangster flick I instantly knew what it was and thanked the gods for giving me this great chance. Michael Mann sat right in front of me as well, taking notes and actually gave me a thing of popcorn he didn't want.
After what seemed like hours, they announced it was 'Public Enemies,' the lights dimmed and the movie began. I am going to keep this ridiculously SPOILER-FREE.
When the movie started there weren't any opening credits whatsoever. No title of the movie or any actors names. The first thing you see on the screen is a giant 1933 in bold white letters, and then some statements about the depression. The opening scene is a jail breakout led by yours truly Johnny Depp. You have to see this movie to believe how great it looks. The way it was shot was different than a lot of movies coming out now a days. The whole Michael Mann, handheld camera in your face is there and works like magic. The cast is phenomenal. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale are both on top of their game in this movie...Channing Tatum...is...in Christian Bale's first scene where he is chasing down Tatum's Pretty Boy Floyd. All the bank robbery scenes are filmed so well and the shootouts in the streets are so insane! The gunshots are so realistic and so ridiculously loud!
There is a scene close to the end of the film where Christian Bale's character and the FBI try to ambush Johnny Depp and his mobster crew at their Wisconsin hideout in the woods, and let me tell you, it is ubelieveable! You are literally on the edge of your seat ...Obviously I won't tell you how the woods shootout ends, but I will say this, Stephen Graham who plays Baby Face Nelson is THE MAN!
Whether or not you know how John Dillinger's story comes to an end, you will be in awe at the end of this movie!
Sorry I kept this extremely spoiler free, but honestly, you don't wanna know anything about this movie before you treat your eyes to a gloirious treat. You just have to see it and love it. This is one of the greatest gangster flicks I have ever seen in a very long time. I highly reccommend this film and hope some of you can get a chance to see another screening of it soon."
I didn't think it was possible for 'Public Enemies' to be any more highly-anticipated, but after reading the reviews and glowing responses from screening attendees, it's clear that the film has managed to do just that.
Based on the New York Times Best Selling author Bryan Burrough's true crime book, 'Public Enemies' follows the FBI hunt for 1930's gangster John Dillinger.
In addition to Channing Tatum, Johnny Depp, and Christian Bale, the Universal Studios film's star-studded cast also includes Marion Cotillard, Branka Katic, Billy Crudup, Giovanni Ribisi, Emilie de Ravin, John Michael Bolger, Stephen Dorff, Christian Stolte, Stephen Graham, and Leelee Sobieski.
'Public Enemies' will be released in US theaters on July 1, 2009. You can CLICK HERE to get a list of the international release dates for the film.