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Mesrine: Killer Instinct: Part 1 (2010)

Vincent Cassel , Ludivine Sagnier , Jean Francois Richet  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Gerard Depardieu
  • Directors: Jean Francois Richet
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ED52XE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

- English language dub track
- Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Mr. Cassel's Monumental Performance fuses the Cobrallike Menace of the Young Robert Mitchum with the whipsaw, shape-shifting volatility of classic Robert De Niro". Cinc --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Vincent Cassel is the total move criminal, smart, daring, ruthless, indomitable" --Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

"The Best Gangster Film of the Year". --Stephen Whitty, Newhouse Papers

Product Description

Mesrine: Killer Instinct introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerald Depardieu) Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist he and his lover Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels his towards international notoriety.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have been eagerly awaiting the DVD release of the saga of notorious French criminal Jacque Mesrine! Branded his country's Public Enemy No. 1 for his international exploits during the sixties and seventies, Mesrine's notoriety brought him a certain celebrity status. With murders, bank heists, kidnappings, and bold prison breaks--Mesrine embraced his lawlessness with a flair and flamboyance that have maintained his cult appeal even thirty years after his death. Adapting Mesrine's own memoir, writer/director Jean-Francois Richet has divided Mesrine's escapades into two feature films. This one--"Mesrine: Killer Instinct"--charts his initiation into a gangster existence and his rise to worldwide attention while the follow-up "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" charts the end stages of his criminal career. "Killer Instinct," in fact, ends quite abruptly and will certainly feel incomplete without its second half. So be prepared for a two-parter because you'll want to see this tale through to its bitter finale!

In "Killer Instinct," we meet a young Mesrine (the always reliable Vincent Cassel) as he is exiting a morally ambiguous post in the Army and starting a fresh life. He hungers for an excitement and payday, however, that the straight life can't provide. An old friend introduces him to a local mob boss Gerard Depardieu and soon he discovers where his true talent lies. Trying to balance a family normalcy proves difficult, though, giving way to Mesrine taking on a full ownership of his criminal enterprise. Embarking on a Bonnie and Clyde adventure in Canada with girlfriend Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), the two make waves when a daring kidnapping goes awry. And as they meet their fate in the aftermath of this event, the movie truly kicks into high gear.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars natalie portman's dementor August 13, 2011
By kentman
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
if you saw, black swan & were impressed by the actor who played her dance director in the movie, go no further in your pursuit of catching
this amazing actor in action.vincent cassel also played the cross-dressing french duke in, elizabeth, starring cate blanchett..what you see in
mesrine, killer instinct is a bravura performance of an actor who uses his entire body, much in the style of a kirk douglas, or robert mitchum,
to convey the ebb & flow of reason, cause & effect of circumstance to inflict consequences beyond ordinary control..i highly recommend
both mesrine films..vincent cassel is a new kind of movie star to come out of europe. very gifted & not afraid to use his body as an instrument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Hyped. July 7, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
To like a film you have to like someone in the film. This normally falls on the shoulders of the lead actor. The screenwriter did not give "Mesrine" a likeable character, or someone with redeeming social values that we could relate to.

Look at the Godfather saga: Vito, Sonny, and Michael Corleone were all blood thirsty criminals, but we related to their strong family values and cared what happened to them.

Mesrine was just a despicable character to betrayed his wife and children and his had no real goal in life, other than be a criminal.

Even so, is the story interesting? No.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Note: While definitely worth the rental, the Mesrine Saga suffers (as do most movies) with an awkward English dub. Both Part One and Two are currently being offered in the original subtitled version for those interested.

I have been eagerly awaiting the DVD release of the saga of notorious French criminal Jacque Mesrine! Branded his country's Public Enemy No. 1 for his international exploits during the sixties and seventies, Mesrine's notoriety brought him a certain celebrity status. With murders, bank heists, kidnappings, and bold prison breaks--Mesrine embraced his lawlessness with a flair and flamboyance that have maintained his cult appeal even thirty years after his death. Adapting Mesrine's own memoir, writer/director Jean-Francois Richet has divided Mesrine's escapades into two feature films. This one--"Mesrine: Killer Instinct"--charts his initiation into a gangster existence and his rise to worldwide attention while the follow-up "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" charts the end stages of his criminal career. "Killer Instinct," in fact, ends quite abruptly and will certainly feel incomplete without its second half. So be prepared for a two-parter because you'll want to see this tale through to its bitter finale!

In "Killer Instinct," we meet a young Mesrine (the always reliable Vincent Cassel) as he is exiting a morally ambiguous post in the Army and starting a fresh life. He hungers for an excitement and payday, however, that the straight life can't provide. An old friend introduces him to a local mob boss Gerard Depardieu and soon he discovers where his true talent lies. Trying to balance a family normalcy proves difficult, though, giving way to Mesrine taking on a full ownership of his criminal enterprise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of Bonnie & Clyde February 19, 2012
Format:DVD
MESRINE: THE KILLER INSTINCT

A French film starring Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu, Cecile De France, Elena Anaya, Gilles Lellouch & Ludivine Sagnier. It tells the tale of the man considered to be the head of France's Bonnie & Clyde. There are lots of hardnosed men & lovely ladies in this one.

The movie skips forward all on its own & sometimes disturbing so but as it deals with a career that is known as fact in journal's & in fable through story perhaps that was unavoidable. Beginning with Mesrine's maturing during the existence of the Algerian Liberation Front & continuing through the Baader/Meinhoff Gang in Germany we're introduced to a character that loved to rob banks, consider himself a revolutionary (though he wasn't), kidnap the wealthy & get caught.

He bragged that no prison could him & he was right. Doing time on two continents & getting a special security classification of prison closed down in Canada. I was as surprised at the ineptness of Mesrine in-between jobs as well as the inept forces trying to corral him.

Nevertheless this was a good movie. It's an enjoyable watch & more than anything a wonderful portrayal by Vincent Cassel. He is Mesrine. Gerard Depardieu plays his crime family father figure which is set against Mesrine's detestation for his own working father. Depardieu's character is very well-done as he seems to admire the young & upcoming killer but is powerless to contain him, as he well knows. The ladies play his various love interests & they do it well. From the love of his life to his well reasoned choice between his work & her, his many mistresses & his soul mate the scenes are touching, intense & alternately casual. One thing is certain; his appetite for danger barely exceeded his appetite for beautiful women.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this os a great film really enjoyed it ,dvd played fine no problems,if you have not seen this do it,its awsome
Published 8 months ago by travis gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars How it all began
This is Part 1 of two fascinating and exciting filmizations of Jacques Mesrine's autobiography. He was a real-life master criminal, a hotblooded Frenchman who beat both the penal... Read more
Published 17 months ago by cullions889
4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B.
This 2008 French film based on the autobiographical book L'instinct de mort by French gangster Jacques Mesrine follows the rise of a French gangster's trials and tribulations. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MISTER SJEM
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie & Clyde Move Over- Mesrine is Coming and he is not happy.
I thought Bonnie & Clyde was a great story. Little did I know there was an International Hoodlum who was worse and more famous worldwide. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hard To Find Music and Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie of the 21st century
Very very good movie..

highly recommend...

based on intresting true story...

waaay better than hollywood crap

the "new" scarface... Read more
Published 23 months ago by pawNz
4.0 out of 5 stars After all, for someone who was in prison with maximum security, there...
The Seventies were good years for charismatic French gangster Jacques Mesrine. Except, of course, for the last five minutes. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by C. O. DeRiemer
5.0 out of 5 stars As for Jacques Mesrine the man this movie invites you to be the judge.
Jacques Mesrine pronounced Meyrine became French public enemy no.1 for good reason. The movie loosely based on Mesrines autobiography `L'Instinct De Mort was filmed in two separate... Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Ctwilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Movie
Great film! Tight script, good story, well acted and directed. If you like a good gangster flick, this one is for you.
Published on November 1, 2011 by MJWIL
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movies all year!
We saw Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Public Enemy #1 in the theater and HAD to buy it on blu-ray. Great movie and incredible true story.
Published on October 9, 2011 by Nicole Torres
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