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Second ‘Public Enemies’ Trailer Combines Romance and Bullets

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Universal Pictures has released the second full length trailer for Michael Mann’s upcoming period crime drama Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The film follows the story of notorious bank robber and modern day Robin Hood-esque figure John Dillinger (Depp) and the FBI agent (Bale) who is tasked with bringing him to justice. The film also explores the love affair between Dillinger and Billie Frechette, played by Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. This second trailer shows off a bit more of the love story at the heart of this 1930s cops-and-robbers drama, setting more of a mood for the film.

This is in contrast with the first trailer, which set up the character of Dillinger as a badass, bank robbing gangster. This time around we see him as a tortured romantic, whose ultimate demise probably had something to do with a woman — as is the demise of so many men. Personally, I’m digging the dynamic at work here, the balance between the two trailers that shows off a little depth in the character. Well played, Universal. You have my attention.

Public Enemies hits theaters on July 1, 2009. Check out the trailer below, courtesy of MSN.

Does this second Public Enemies trailer have your attention?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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