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Mar. 4, 2009by: Mike Sampson

The trailer for PUBLIC ENEMIES will be in theaters this weekend with WATCHMEN but hit online today for your viewing pleasure. One of the rare summer blockbusters that doesn't involve outer space, giant robots, alien invasions or a toy company, PUBLIC ENEMIES instead relies on its concept, its stars (Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard) and its director (Michael Mann).

I'm just about dying to see this movie but the trailer didn't exactly make me crazy with excitement. The music in the beginning seemed off. Bale once again looks like he's grimacing his way through another movie. But Depp looks like he's having a shitload of fun and that certainly was a little contagious. You can check it out below or head to Apple's trailer page to see it in HD. As always, let us know what you think in the Strike Backs below.

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12:31AM on 03/13/2009

HOW CAN THIS SUCK?

From the stars, to the plot, to the directing, this movie looks perfect. How the fuck did Miami Vice look shitty?? Beautiful shots all over the dam place from beginning to fucking end, and miami vice wasn't that bad, it seemed like an actual cop movie for once, a bit to serious, but that's why its a cop movie, could of been slightly better. Digital film is different from all the rest(obviously), it makes it look fucking amazing (to me)a bit low budget and independentish, which is pretty fucking
From the stars, to the plot, to the directing, this movie looks perfect. How the fuck did Miami Vice look shitty?? Beautiful shots all over the dam place from beginning to fucking end, and miami vice wasn't that bad, it seemed like an actual cop movie for once, a bit to serious, but that's why its a cop movie, could of been slightly better. Digital film is different from all the rest(obviously), it makes it look fucking amazing (to me)a bit low budget and independentish, which is pretty fucking sick from my eyes, if you film whatever your filming correctly while using digital, anything can come out to perfection. As Garret said, i need to change my boxers, cause i just came all over the place, this movie looks good.
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7:37PM on 03/06/2009

you people are crazy

Based on what I saw, this movie sucks! Depp is always great, but come on guys, this looks no better than HOODLUM. Caliber cast in Caliber crap! Michael Mann should stick to producing and leave the directing to people who have no idea who Sonny Crocket is. Jezz
Based on what I saw, this movie sucks! Depp is always great, but come on guys, this looks no better than HOODLUM. Caliber cast in Caliber crap! Michael Mann should stick to producing and leave the directing to people who have no idea who Sonny Crocket is. Jezz
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9:51PM on 03/05/2009

Well...

...I'm always willing to give Michael Mann a shot, but Miami Vice was god awful, and a big part of that was how shitty it looked. Shooting on digital is not for every project, especially a period piece like this. While this looks far better, picture quality-wise, than Vice did, I'm still not crazy about the way it's shot.

Before anyone starts crying, keep in mind I will see this film. lol
...I'm always willing to give Michael Mann a shot, but Miami Vice was god awful, and a big part of that was how shitty it looked. Shooting on digital is not for every project, especially a period piece like this. While this looks far better, picture quality-wise, than Vice did, I'm still not crazy about the way it's shot.

Before anyone starts crying, keep in mind I will see this film. lol
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9:15PM on 03/05/2009

MANN

I need to change into some fresh briefs.
I need to change into some fresh briefs.
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9:10PM on 03/05/2009

depp/bale

Looks good, possible contender for the oscars next year.
Looks good, possible contender for the oscars next year.
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5:42AM on 03/05/2009

Interesting

I dig it. The digital approach certainly makes it seem a little more.... well, realistic. I can't recall ever seeing a period piece/biopic that also had a kind of documentary feel to it.

Looks like it'll be fun, and considering that Bale, Depp and Mann are all teaming up for one movie, I'll be there on opening weekend. As will all of you. Even the haters.
I dig it. The digital approach certainly makes it seem a little more.... well, realistic. I can't recall ever seeing a period piece/biopic that also had a kind of documentary feel to it.

Looks like it'll be fun, and considering that Bale, Depp and Mann are all teaming up for one movie, I'll be there on opening weekend. As will all of you. Even the haters.
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4:05AM on 03/05/2009

To sum up

We all agree that the music sucks and the trailer is underwhelming.
We all agree that the music sucks and the trailer is underwhelming.
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4:02AM on 03/05/2009
Hands down, the best movie of 2009.
Hands down, the best movie of 2009.
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11:59PM on 03/04/2009
I don't get the hate over the trailer. Granted the music was an odd choice but I thought it was pretty fucking neat trailer.
I don't get the hate over the trailer. Granted the music was an odd choice but I thought it was pretty fucking neat trailer.
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11:07PM on 03/04/2009
This isn't a groundbreaking trailer by any means, but pretty damn cool. Took a moment to get used to the digital format, which in ZODIAC wasn't too noticeable because it wasn't an action film. It's crisper than MIAMI VICE, though, which is good.

Johnny Depp almost always seems to have fun in his movies, so that's no surprise, whereas Christian Bale almost always seems to employ an intensity saying he's taking his craft very seriously. Those two modes work perfectly for their respective
This isn't a groundbreaking trailer by any means, but pretty damn cool. Took a moment to get used to the digital format, which in ZODIAC wasn't too noticeable because it wasn't an action film. It's crisper than MIAMI VICE, though, which is good.

Johnny Depp almost always seems to have fun in his movies, so that's no surprise, whereas Christian Bale almost always seems to employ an intensity saying he's taking his craft very seriously. Those two modes work perfectly for their respective characters.

I grew up loving any movie with old cars and Tommy guns, so this looks to be right up my alley.

And might I say Billy Crudup looks to be giving one greatest portrayals of J. Edgar Hoover ever captured in movies.

Still meaning to see the Warren Oates movie. Now that guy really LOOKED the part of Dillinger.
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11:01PM on 03/04/2009
Fuck the people who are afraid of change. "Oooh not my precious film! If a movie isn't shot on film I simply don't know what to do!" Fuck off.

Mann almost always delivers and this looks fucking bad ass. It looks like Heat + The Untouchables + Bonnie and Clyde + Collateral. How fucking awesome is that.
Fuck the people who are afraid of change. "Oooh not my precious film! If a movie isn't shot on film I simply don't know what to do!" Fuck off.

Mann almost always delivers and this looks fucking bad ass. It looks like Heat + The Untouchables + Bonnie and Clyde + Collateral. How fucking awesome is that.
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10:16PM on 03/04/2009
Ben Button was only shot partially on the F23, while another one of the cameras it was shot on was film. The reason much of it was shot digitally was because it was such an FX-heavy movie, and no, most Hollywood productions are not shooting digitally, because digital has yet to reach the resolution of film.

Also, no one is saying HD can't look good. The problem is that lighting for it is very different from film, and if it is not lit correctly and in most cases color-corrected correctly,
Ben Button was only shot partially on the F23, while another one of the cameras it was shot on was film. The reason much of it was shot digitally was because it was such an FX-heavy movie, and no, most Hollywood productions are not shooting digitally, because digital has yet to reach the resolution of film.

Also, no one is saying HD can't look good. The problem is that lighting for it is very different from film, and if it is not lit correctly and in most cases color-corrected correctly, it can look amateurish... like most of the scenes in this trailer.
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9:19PM on 03/04/2009
"Bale once again looks like he's grimacing his way through another movie. "

Are you kidding me? Or is this just more Bale hatred? He's doing nothing or the sort. And of course Depp is having fun, he's fucking supposed to. Jesus.
"Bale once again looks like he's grimacing his way through another movie. "

Are you kidding me? Or is this just more Bale hatred? He's doing nothing or the sort. And of course Depp is having fun, he's fucking supposed to. Jesus.
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8:51PM on 03/04/2009
All of you bashing Mann for shooting on digital do realize that most Hollywood movies are now shot on digital?

Even The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was shot digitally, and it was up for an Oscar for best cinematography. In fact this was shot on the exact same camera as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And it visually looks every bit as good. Everyone here complaining about digital really has no idea what they are talking about.
All of you bashing Mann for shooting on digital do realize that most Hollywood movies are now shot on digital?

Even The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was shot digitally, and it was up for an Oscar for best cinematography. In fact this was shot on the exact same camera as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And it visually looks every bit as good. Everyone here complaining about digital really has no idea what they are talking about.
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8:22PM on 03/04/2009
When Zodiac came out, I don't think anyone made mention of it being shot in HD (was Benjamin Button shot in HD as well?). I think HD can be made to look good, but it always looks amateurish in Michael Mann flicks.
When Zodiac came out, I don't think anyone made mention of it being shot in HD (was Benjamin Button shot in HD as well?). I think HD can be made to look good, but it always looks amateurish in Michael Mann flicks.
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8:14PM on 03/04/2009
I'll never get Mann's boner for shooting video as of recent. The look of Heat makes Miami Vice look like a student film. Why couldn't he have shot this on film?! FML (which is a great site if no one's checked it out, fmylife.com)
I'll never get Mann's boner for shooting video as of recent. The look of Heat makes Miami Vice look like a student film. Why couldn't he have shot this on film?! FML (which is a great site if no one's checked it out, fmylife.com)
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8:03PM on 03/04/2009

Nice

I agree about the music being off, but I like this a lot. Deep looks like he's having fun playing the bad guy we cheer for.
I agree about the music being off, but I like this a lot. Deep looks like he's having fun playing the bad guy we cheer for.
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8:02PM on 03/04/2009
Even though it doesn't look outstanding it has a kick -ass cast (obviously). I'll be checking it out for sure. The music was weird in the trailer as Sampson said too.
Even though it doesn't look outstanding it has a kick -ass cast (obviously). I'll be checking it out for sure. The music was weird in the trailer as Sampson said too.
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7:39PM on 03/04/2009
I agree that the music seemed out of place. Christian Bale was pretty tame too. Depp was the only interesting person in the trailer. Overall it was...meh.
I agree that the music seemed out of place. Christian Bale was pretty tame too. Depp was the only interesting person in the trailer. Overall it was...meh.
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7:36PM on 03/04/2009

goddamn it...

Miami Vice at least had some reasoning for using that stupid camera, but this movie takes place in the '20s and '30s! It just doesn't work!

As for the rest of it, the only thing I liked was Depp, and that's just a given. I'll pass until I hear a good review.
Miami Vice at least had some reasoning for using that stupid camera, but this movie takes place in the '20s and '30s! It just doesn't work!

As for the rest of it, the only thing I liked was Depp, and that's just a given. I'll pass until I hear a good review.
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7:21PM on 03/04/2009

F#ckin' AY!

The trailer is fantastic and the first thing I thought of was "Heat" but during the Depression with Depp as the professional bankrobber and Bale as the man hellbent on bringing him down. This movie just climbed to the top of my list for 2009.
The trailer is fantastic and the first thing I thought of was "Heat" but during the Depression with Depp as the professional bankrobber and Bale as the man hellbent on bringing him down. This movie just climbed to the top of my list for 2009.
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6:41PM on 03/04/2009
Pros: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale

Cons: The entire trailer
Pros: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale

Cons: The entire trailer
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6:31PM on 03/04/2009

WELL>>>>>>>

Luckily, I'm a Johnny Depp, CHristian Bale, and Micheal Mann fan and will see the movie anyway because that trailer sucked.
Luckily, I'm a Johnny Depp, CHristian Bale, and Micheal Mann fan and will see the movie anyway because that trailer sucked.
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6:23PM on 03/04/2009

Hmmm...

Still excited about the movie...it looked okay. The music tho? What the hell? Awful. I hope this was just for the trailer. It doesn't fit at all.
Still excited about the movie...it looked okay. The music tho? What the hell? Awful. I hope this was just for the trailer. It doesn't fit at all.
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6:00PM on 03/04/2009
Oh man, that was terrific. I don't really give two shits what Mann shot it on, as long as it's a good flick and that trailer certainly suggests it's going to be just that! That scene with Depp and Bale in the jail gave me chills seeing my two favorite actors together on screen.

I don't think Bale was showcased enough to give an accurate judgment of his performance. After all, the movie is about John Dillinger and the trailer rightfully focused on him. And I'm not such a stickler as to
Oh man, that was terrific. I don't really give two shits what Mann shot it on, as long as it's a good flick and that trailer certainly suggests it's going to be just that! That scene with Depp and Bale in the jail gave me chills seeing my two favorite actors together on screen.

I don't think Bale was showcased enough to give an accurate judgment of his performance. After all, the movie is about John Dillinger and the trailer rightfully focused on him. And I'm not such a stickler as to complain about the music in a trailer, unless it's painfully obvious it doesn't fit (like Soulja Boy in that FAST AND FURIOUS trailer). The music seemed to fit fine to me.

But I will say it was a bit out of place to have that "Academy Award Winner" title displayed with Marion Cotillard's name. If they really want to market it that way they could have at least put "Academy Award Nominee" with Johnny Depp, the dude's been nominated three times (maybe a fourth for this?). That's my only real complaint about the trailer and it's not even that big of a deal. I'm just as stoked, well more so now, to see this flick!
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5:57PM on 03/04/2009

well....

I am excited for the movie, but I agree, Michael Mann needs to get off this digital/HD fix! It looks like trash. It kinda fit the modern vibes of Collateral and Miami Vice (still shit though) but now it just seems totally totally out of place and distracting.
I am excited for the movie, but I agree, Michael Mann needs to get off this digital/HD fix! It looks like trash. It kinda fit the modern vibes of Collateral and Miami Vice (still shit though) but now it just seems totally totally out of place and distracting.
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5:36PM on 03/04/2009

HD!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Why in the hell did he shoot this movie on HD!?! Michael Mann's only fault right now is his obsession with shooting on that shitty viper cam! I don't care what anyone says I can always tell, and I find it extremely distracting to a film. Sorry, but if it looks like it was shot on video by my Uncle Art and his new best buy camera, it loses a lot of it's magic for me...and I can always tell. It worked for Collateral because it added a mood and modern realism to Los Angeles but that was
Why in the hell did he shoot this movie on HD!?! Michael Mann's only fault right now is his obsession with shooting on that shitty viper cam! I don't care what anyone says I can always tell, and I find it extremely distracting to a film. Sorry, but if it looks like it was shot on video by my Uncle Art and his new best buy camera, it loses a lot of it's magic for me...and I can always tell. It worked for Collateral because it added a mood and modern realism to Los Angeles but that was Collateral. I've shot on video, HD and 35mm and to this day nothing beats film. Just because it's cheaper, faster and easier to shoot on doesn't mean it's going to up the quality and in most cases it certainly does not.Considering this is a crime drama period piece, film would have amplified the grit and magic of the content.Why Mikey!?! Why!?!

(big sigh....)

That being said, I'm still really looking forward to seeing it. Johnny Depp looks like he's gonna kick major ass in this.
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5:33PM on 03/04/2009

Am I the only one who loved Miami Vice?


Concerning this trailer, Michael Mann doesn't disappoint. And neither does Johny Depp. I wanted to see more of Christian Bale, but that's okay for now. I will see this one at the theater.

Concerning this trailer, Michael Mann doesn't disappoint. And neither does Johny Depp. I wanted to see more of Christian Bale, but that's okay for now. I will see this one at the theater.
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5:25PM on 03/04/2009

Mann: Please don't pull a Miami Vice.

Huge fan of Mann, trailer was fantastic.

However I did say that exact statement after seeing the Miami Vice trailer for the first time. Mann's chance at redemption - hopefully he won't fuck up PE like he did MV.
Huge fan of Mann, trailer was fantastic.

However I did say that exact statement after seeing the Miami Vice trailer for the first time. Mann's chance at redemption - hopefully he won't fuck up PE like he did MV.
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5:20PM on 03/04/2009

Amen, goes_to_ricks

My thoughts exactly. Only on one shorter paragraph.
My thoughts exactly. Only on one shorter paragraph.
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5:17PM on 03/04/2009

I'm surprised by the mixed reaction

It's not a fantastic, balls-to-the-walls trailer for sure, but I thought it made a good job of advertising a Mann-Bale-Depp period crime flick.

Besides, just by the look (digital or not) of it it feels exactly like my kind of period piece: the one that doesn't look like your average period flick with all the cliché sets and photography, and stilted reconstitution. That's something that bugged me with the Inglorious Basterds teaser - it looked like any other WWII movie, despite QT's claims
It's not a fantastic, balls-to-the-walls trailer for sure, but I thought it made a good job of advertising a Mann-Bale-Depp period crime flick.

Besides, just by the look (digital or not) of it it feels exactly like my kind of period piece: the one that doesn't look like your average period flick with all the cliché sets and photography, and stilted reconstitution. That's something that bugged me with the Inglorious Basterds teaser - it looked like any other WWII movie, despite QT's claims that the look would be unique. It's too early to tell if Public Enemies will feel unique, but based on that trailer alone I think it's a good start. At least to me.
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5:12PM on 03/04/2009
Whoever says that you can't tell the difference between viper digital cameras and 35mm are blind. It's bearable when you keep the camera still, but shooting action makes it look like a home movie.

i'm sure it'll rock, i just wish Mann shot it in 35mm
Whoever says that you can't tell the difference between viper digital cameras and 35mm are blind. It's bearable when you keep the camera still, but shooting action makes it look like a home movie.

i'm sure it'll rock, i just wish Mann shot it in 35mm
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5:11PM on 03/04/2009
i think the whole look of the film just adds a new kind of look for the genre. it looks real and kind of modern, which is pretty cool. and depp and cotillard sold it for me; bale, not so much. but that's judging from the trailer.
i think the whole look of the film just adds a new kind of look for the genre. it looks real and kind of modern, which is pretty cool. and depp and cotillard sold it for me; bale, not so much. but that's judging from the trailer.
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4:58PM on 03/04/2009

Surprisingly Apathetic

Seems like a standard crime flick with a somewhat random love story. I'm still interested in seeing the film but this trailer didn't get me excited about it.
Seems like a standard crime flick with a somewhat random love story. I'm still interested in seeing the film but this trailer didn't get me excited about it.
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4:54PM on 03/04/2009

I think the movie will be better than the trailer

Listen, you got an all star cast here, with an extremely talented director. Even though I hated "Miami Vice", this could be quite good if it is handled well.
Listen, you got an all star cast here, with an extremely talented director. Even though I hated "Miami Vice", this could be quite good if it is handled well.
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4:42PM on 03/04/2009

Looks shitty

I dunno that trailer did not win me over..
I dunno that trailer did not win me over..
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4:31PM on 03/04/2009

BALE, BALE, BALE ...

If he goes ballistic on Depp's ass like on Terminator Salvation set, it'll be a blast :D
If he goes ballistic on Depp's ass like on Terminator Salvation set, it'll be a blast :D
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4:06PM on 03/04/2009
yea, i dont dig the digital stuff at all in this. it even bugged me in miami vice, but this would look so much better on film in my opinion.

that and the music just seemed so weird.


that being said, i still wanna see it, im glad to see johnny depp where he isnt being all "weird" and what not.
yea, i dont dig the digital stuff at all in this. it even bugged me in miami vice, but this would look so much better on film in my opinion.

that and the music just seemed so weird.


that being said, i still wanna see it, im glad to see johnny depp where he isnt being all "weird" and what not.
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3:55PM on 03/04/2009

Agreed with Sampson...

Believe, I'm very excited to see this movie, just that the trailer seemed off. It seems that Michael Mann is officially married to his digi-cam. It worked well with his modern flicks (i.e. Miami Vice, Collateral), but not so much here. Still, a disappointing trailer is no indication of the movie itself.
Believe, I'm very excited to see this movie, just that the trailer seemed off. It seems that Michael Mann is officially married to his digi-cam. It worked well with his modern flicks (i.e. Miami Vice, Collateral), but not so much here. Still, a disappointing trailer is no indication of the movie itself.
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3:40PM on 03/04/2009

Hhmmm

I was already super pumped. This hasn't really changed my wanting to see it. I'll say that the second half of the trailer was pretty great.
I was already super pumped. This hasn't really changed my wanting to see it. I'll say that the second half of the trailer was pretty great.
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3:36PM on 03/04/2009

Interesting

If it wasn't a Michael Mann film, I'd think that this would be horrible. I like Depp and Bale, but this could have been dreadful Hollywood crap if someone like Michael Bay had directed it.
If it wasn't a Michael Mann film, I'd think that this would be horrible. I like Depp and Bale, but this could have been dreadful Hollywood crap if someone like Michael Bay had directed it.
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3:31PM on 03/04/2009

Great

This is going to be huge. And it looks great. Youre totally off Sampson
This is going to be huge. And it looks great. Youre totally off Sampson
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3:14PM on 03/04/2009
Yes, looks like another great entry into the crime genre.
Yes, looks like another great entry into the crime genre.
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3:11PM on 03/04/2009
Looks good.
Looks good.
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3:07PM on 03/04/2009
Looks fantastic to me.
Depp looks amazing as always. Hopefully we get a trailer focusing on Bale's side of the story.
Looks fantastic to me.
Depp looks amazing as always. Hopefully we get a trailer focusing on Bale's side of the story.
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3:07PM on 03/04/2009
Fantastic trailer. Looks amazing.

Fantastic trailer. Looks amazing.

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2:48PM on 03/04/2009
i can't wait! depp is going to rock it.
i can't wait! depp is going to rock it.
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2:30PM on 03/04/2009

Agree with Mike

Trailer wasnt dramatic, exciting, or captivating. Infact it was boring, with as Mike said an out of place soundtrack. And after that amazing Terminator Salvation trailer?
Im a huge Michael Mann fan, my favorite movie is HEAT, so believe me Im dissapointed.
Trailer wasnt dramatic, exciting, or captivating. Infact it was boring, with as Mike said an out of place soundtrack. And after that amazing Terminator Salvation trailer?
Im a huge Michael Mann fan, my favorite movie is HEAT, so believe me Im dissapointed.
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2:26PM on 03/04/2009

Excellent

Looks like Mann has nailed it, looks like a helluva good movie, can't wait!
Looks like Mann has nailed it, looks like a helluva good movie, can't wait!
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