Nemico pubblico (film di Michael Mann del 2009)

Già in passato il personaggio di John Dillinger è apparso sul grande schermo e in tempi più recenti Michael Mann lo ha riportato in auge col suo film NEMICO PUBBLICO del 2009. Con le dovute proporzioni il regista, come già in HEAT, punta sulla caccia del tutore della legge al crimininale specializzato nello svaligiare banche, cosa che a suo modo fa con eleganza non mettendo le mani nelle tasche dei clienti.

Grande esperto in evasioni, Dillinger sembra farsi scherno della polizia che non riesce a tenerlo dietro le sbarre in attesa di giustiziarlo, anche grazie a una fitta rete di fiancheggiatori tra i carcerati che gli “preparano il campo”. Da uomo libero John perde la testa per Billie, nasce un grande amore, minacciato da Melvin Purvis dell’ F. B. I. e dalla sua squadra che fanno terra bruciata attorno ai fuggiaschi, eliminano i seguaci di John e catturano la donna, la interrogano con metodo violento e censurabile, non ottenendo tuttavia l’informazione sperata: a quel punto la carta buona diventa Anna Sage, una prostituta romena amica di John, che minacciata da Purvis di essere rimpatriata lo consegna ai federali all’uscita di un cinema dove John era andato con lei e una sua collega, momento in cui il “Nemico pubblico numero uno” viene freddato dal tiratore scelto Winstead, che in seguito ha un faccia a faccia con Billie alla quale riferisce un messaggio dell’amato: “bye bye blackbird”.

È con la grande depressione scenario evocativo Mann mette in piedi un film appassionante, violento fino a un certo punto, vigoroso, senza rinunciare ai sentimenti che finiscono con l’entrare in conflitto con lo scomodo protagonista, ma che stempera la caccia ossessiva di Purvis a Dillinger, interpretati dai carismatici Christian Bale e Johnny Depp, affiancati fra gli altri da Marion Cotilliard, Billie Crudup, Stephen Lang, Lelee Sobieski, James Russo, Branka Katic, Giovanni Ribisi, Rebecca Spence, Carey Mulligan, Stephen Dorff, Bill Camp e Diana Krall. Mann firma anche il copione a pari merito con Ronan Bennett e Ann Biderman.

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