Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 Reviews

  • Oct 19, 2014

    An excessive and fascinating character is way more than a first-rated mobster film!

    An excessive and fascinating character is way more than a first-rated mobster film!

  • Aug 03, 2014

    Not quite as good as the first half but still a necessary watch.

    Not quite as good as the first half but still a necessary watch.

  • Jul 13, 2014

    ...the second part of a riveting story that defines craftsmanship in filmmaking and defines what it means to deliver an epic.

    ...the second part of a riveting story that defines craftsmanship in filmmaking and defines what it means to deliver an epic.

  • May 31, 2014

    Just as good as Part 1 Killer Instinct

    Just as good as Part 1 Killer Instinct

  • Apr 28, 2014

    Part 2 of the life and times of French career criminal Jacques Mesrine, with director Jean-François Richet and producer Thomas Langmann back to direct the second part. This one, unlike the first part which went to Canada and America, is set entirely in Mesrine's native France and focuses on his later days in the 1970's. It's longer and more verbal than Part 1, but it's still good. After his exploits in Canada, Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) returns to France in 1972, and has become a notorious figure in the world of organised crime and spends most of his time robbing banks. But, in 1973, he ends up being put on trial, but he manages to escape again, and goes underground before he's found and arrested by Commissioner Broussard (Olivier Gourmet). Mesrine ends up being sentences to 20 years in prison, but he manages to escape from La Santé Prison with fellow prisoner François Besse (Mathieu Amalric), both dressed as prison officers, and they escape into the French countryside as fugitives. It's a very good drama, although it is different in tone from the first film, and it does tend to slow down every now and again throughout the film, but Cassel is very compelling as Mesrine, who we the viewer have to accept as our anti-hero, but it is well filmed and has some good moments of suspenseful action throughout.

    Part 2 of the life and times of French career criminal Jacques Mesrine, with director Jean-François Richet and producer Thomas Langmann back to direct the second part. This one, unlike the first part which went to Canada and America, is set entirely in Mesrine's native France and focuses on his later days in the 1970's. It's longer and more verbal than Part 1, but it's still good. After his exploits in Canada, Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) returns to France in 1972, and has become a notorious figure in the world of organised crime and spends most of his time robbing banks. But, in 1973, he ends up being put on trial, but he manages to escape again, and goes underground before he's found and arrested by Commissioner Broussard (Olivier Gourmet). Mesrine ends up being sentences to 20 years in prison, but he manages to escape from La Santé Prison with fellow prisoner François Besse (Mathieu Amalric), both dressed as prison officers, and they escape into the French countryside as fugitives. It's a very good drama, although it is different in tone from the first film, and it does tend to slow down every now and again throughout the film, but Cassel is very compelling as Mesrine, who we the viewer have to accept as our anti-hero, but it is well filmed and has some good moments of suspenseful action throughout.

  • Apr 10, 2014

    The best film I've seen in a decade.

    The best film I've seen in a decade.

  • Mar 25, 2014

    Incredible sequel! Vincent Cassel is no longer a young and promising actor, he has become the quintessential actor!

    Incredible sequel! Vincent Cassel is no longer a young and promising actor, he has become the quintessential actor!

  • Mar 22, 2014

    Brilliantly done! Fascinating that such a criminal can live in the way he did and get away with so much. Even if he was caught four times, he still escaped each time until there was no choice but to put him down for good.

    Brilliantly done! Fascinating that such a criminal can live in the way he did and get away with so much. Even if he was caught four times, he still escaped each time until there was no choice but to put him down for good.

  • Feb 23, 2014

    odlican film,i odlican Vincent!

    odlican film,i odlican Vincent!

  • Feb 08, 2014

    A bit to long, and like the first part, it's the same over and over again. But again great performances and moments.

    A bit to long, and like the first part, it's the same over and over again. But again great performances and moments.