Those who liked Leo DiCaprio's Aviator will love this film with Johnny Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as the relentless Melvin Purviss who is perusing him. The movie is filled with jailbreaks, bank robberies old fashioned shootouts (though it seems that nobody every chases fleeing felons in cars).
Incredibly interesting the way Mann presents the birth of the FBI. The agents use Sherlock Holmes type tactics (the agents would make perfect computer geeks if they were around today) to try to trap Dillinger. Hoover insists that Purviss depend on those tactics but Purviss realizes that in a confrontations his geek squad would be overmatched so he calls in reinforcements from Texas.
Dillinger's interstate crimes make for the Bureau to become a federal agency to deal with those types of crimes. There is an interesting scene where Dillinger walks almost invisible among the geeks that are looking for him.
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