Johnny Depp gives a vivid performance as gangster John Dillinger, the Depression-era outlaw who robbed banks and became J. Edgar Hoover’s and the FBI’s public enemy number one. Depp, who has played everything from Willy Wonka to Captain Jack Sparrow, brings an edge and hardness to this role, mixed in with a villain’s charisma, which really enables him to bring this character to life. The film captures his bank robberies and jailbreaks in a precise, methodical method, and the story of this bad-boy from the past is told with solid direction. Viewers who are fascinated by the criminal mind would find it to be interesting for sure.
Despite the movie’s revelations of what happens to people who break the law, regrettably the picture contains some very strong language, violence with blood, a brief nudity scene, in addition to promiscuous sex. We therefore are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film as a family-friendly movie.