All guns blazing

2009-09-04 00:00

FILM maker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard in Public Enemies, the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger, which opens at CineCentre in Pietermaritzburg today.

Depp plays the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number-one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (played by Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

No one could stop Dillinger and his gang — and his charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone, from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard) to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into economic depression.

But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang thrilled many, Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw’s capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI.

He made Dillinger America’s first public enemy number one and sent in Purvis, the dashing “Clark Gable of the FBI” to catch him. He only managed to do so, however, after importing a crew of Western ex-lawmen and orchestrating epic betrayals.

In addition to Public Enemies, film fans can see the Bollywood film, Kaminey, and the romantic comedy, My Life In Ruins, both of which are being screened at SterKinekor Scottsville from today.

Kaminey tells the story of Guddu and Charlie, identical twins born and raised in the slums of Mumbai, who dream of leaving the squalor behind and moving into a life of prosperity and dignity.

Although they look alike, the two are as different as chalk and cheese. One lisps, the other stammers. One is an honest, diligent social worker, while the other hedges bets at a racecourse. The brothers want nothing to do with each other — but when Charlie gets mixed up in a deadly get-rich-quick scheme and Guddu realises that the love of his life has unwittingly put a price on his head, their lives begin to collide.

Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, stars in the romantic comedy, My Life In Ruins. She plays Georgia, a travel guide whose job it is to show a rag-tag group of tourists the beauty of her native Greece.

While opening their eyes to an exotic foreign land, she too begins to see things in new ways and rediscovers her own love for life.


SterKinekor: District 9; GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Obsessed.

CineCentre: District 9; My Sister’s Keeper; The Proposal; G-Force; Fired Up; Not Easily Broken; The Hangover; GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra.

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