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Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (Part 2) [Blu-ray]
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"One of the Ten Best Films of The Year" --Bob Mondello, National Public Radio
"Riveting, Visceral Entertainment" --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
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Branded his country's Public Enemy No. 1 for his international exploits during the sixties and seventies, Jacque 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. The first--"Mesrine: Killer Instinct"--charts his initiation into a gangster existence and his rise to worldwide attention while this follow-up "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" charts the height and end stages of his criminal career. Where the first installment was an episodic character study that explained Mesrine's descent into crime, this film boldly takes on the appeal of a full fledged action epic.
Don't expect any back story or recap going into "Public Enemy #1." The narrative starts right off with an exciting court house escape and the momentum rarely wanes. Vincent Cassel delivers a performance of much power and charm as the relentless Mesrine. These years (the seventies) have Cassel embracing his criminal notoriety and fame.Read more ›
Apparently the first film in this biopic showed the development of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) as he becomes a bank robber, kidnapper, jail breaker, etc, but this film starts with Mesrine in court form which he escapes and then proceeds to rob banks and kill people and eventually end up believing in his own grandeur as Public Enemy #1. The film was written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and director Jean-François Richet who obviously are more concerned with setting up ambushes and escapes and robberies than with character development. The is one well-written scene in the film - Mesrine sneaking into a hospital where his father (Michel Duchaussoy) is dying that is true drama, but the rest is rather uncontrolled raucous crime. Vincent Cassel is such a fine actor that he is able to bring to life this atrocious character (having not seen Part 1 leaves any advantage that film may have given to his character development and why this actor suddenly has a beer gut, etc).Read more ›
Reviewer K. Harris tells it all elegantly.
Saw the 1st part of "Mesrine" & not all that impressed, but the 2nd was spellbinding. Had no idea it has a cult following. Thought "Grey Garden's" a gleaming gem & learned later it has a cult following too. A fan of big time criminals considered heroes? Imagine "Bonnie & Clyde" on massive amounts of steroids...
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I really like this movie and that's saying something as I hate most movies period.Published 12 months ago by thefreelifelover
very good movie. Vincent cassel is an extremely good actor. a must buy and a must see movie.Published 13 months ago by rodney monteiro
Very sketchy plot and story line. It jumps all over the place and is hard to find a path to follow along.Published 24 months ago by Bob Rutledge
This is the second part. It was very violent and bloody. It was an interesting look at the development of this criminal and how he got to his end. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Lynn McBee
Good movie! I lived there when this went down and found it true in the details. More movies like this.Published on April 27, 2013 by Alexandra W. Colomb
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