A bonbon-colored pastiche of gangster cliches that's all surface, no substance. Cassel was, of course, born to play this sort of role, but even he can't breathe life into this. It's too bad because the subject and cultural environment this takes place in is interesting. Richet just doesn't know what to do with it.
This kept me interested, but I was expecting it to be more engrossing. It moved too quickly and there wasn't much character development. But then I read about the real Mesrine and the film only covers a small part of his crimes so put it into context. This dude was seriously bad, too much for two films, perhaps. And so was the Canadian prison system, it seems. Cassel is fantastic but I won't watch the 2nd part.
A slick ride but weirdly superficial for a biopic based on the memoirs of the title character. Hard to really get into any character development when every other scene involves whipping out a pistol before killing off everyone but Mesrine. The only thing bumping this over the average line is Vincent Cassel who brings lashings of menace and a generally DGAF attitude to the role. Can't say i'm too fussed about Part 2.
What we're introduced to after the mesmerising intro credits sequence is a hurricane of superb performances, teeth ruining tension, and precise brutality. The resulting product from the whirlwind is Mesrine: Killer Instinct, a film that's second to none. http://bit.ly/1e3mGuz
There's a lot of big words that reviewers on here sprinkle about like unicorn dust. It seems everyone is capable of in depth pro-style critical analysis these days. So i will keep this simple.... Great movie, well shot. Not exactly Scorsese, but exciting enough to keep you engaged. Give it a go. There, that wasnt to hard was it?
Intriguing movie with excellent camera work: look especially at the split screen sequence at the beginning with its simultaneity of successive moments or the camera movements within closed rooms and narrow spaces… And I think Vincent Cassel is brilliant - like a tightrope dancer living on the edgde and trying not not lose his balance.
Ich liebe Vincent Cassel und der Trailer sah interessant aus und wer kann ahnen dass der ganze Film ein einziger Trailer ist.Der Charakter des Protagonisten ist viel zu einseitig und einfach gestrickt, schade, bei so einem tollen Schauspieler.Schlechtes Drehbuch und sehr oft wirklich unfreiwillig komisch.
(I am talking about parts one and two here.) Killer Instinct feels like build-up for Jacques Mesrine, while PENO gets toned down a bit, which I guess allows everone to breathe. I highly reccomend that one should see both films in one sitting because there are some things that won't make sense if you see only one part. See both films and everything will come full circle.
Mesrine is a sociopath with a crooked smile but this film never really gets beyond that. We never really know more than his bullying, explosive temper and inane self-made rules of manhood. At times it reminded me of The Bader-Meinhoff Complex and at others of A Prophet or Bronson. The segments set in Quebec are choppy and that's where the story takes an unfocused turn. Good, but not as good as advertised.