MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT - the first of 2 parts- charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on. Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cecile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy. Both a thriller and a biopic, KILLER INSTINCT explores the man behind the icon. In MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY No. 1 the story continues Mesrine's incredible life of crime while manipulating the media, the government and the police. He plans his last and greatest escape, hoping to leave France, and the character he has become, behind forever.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Jacques Mesrine's end may be inevitable, but he certainly doesn't bore us along the way.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 09.02.2010
Mesrine's promised end in November 1979 arrives as history recorded it, but, by that time, you're hoping the next vogue in biopics is the short film.Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice, 08.24.2010
Performs the unlikely trick of being both taut and plotless.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 08.09.2010
Gantz's camera gets right in the thick of the action, deliriously weaving and whirling up close. It's as high on Mesrine's crimes as he is, and Cassel exchanges the stolid tension of Part 1 for a manic theatricality.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 09.02.2010