Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats -- from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks -- Mesrine was gunned down by the French police in Paris.
Cassel's Mesrine embodies the gangster archetype of irresistible charm coupled with unimaginable violence, a ferocious intellect bent only toward crime, the kind of character that sinks its teeth into the back of your brain. And to put together a film where you’ve shown how it ends twice already, and yet still make that ending unbelievably tense and powerful: that is spectacular filmmaking.
A wonderful conclusion to the story of Jacques Mesrines. This is as good, if not better, than part one, as the actors have time to breathe in the film.
The closing 15 minutes show the opening five from part one from a number of different perspectives, and even though you know how it's going to end, the tension is sky high, a master class. A shame that there is no split screen shots this time round though.
If part one is the French Goodfellas, then this is the French Heat. Highly recommended.
Part 1 had to cover almost 40 years in Mesrine's life and therefore kind of felt like it was trying to fit too much into its time constraints.
In Part 2, Jean-François Richet has already built up Mesrine. Because of this, he is allowed to focus more on Vincent Cassell's wonderful performance and the movie really benefits from that.
"L'ennemi public № 1" closes the circle and takes place during the last six years of Mesrine's life.
He returns to France and starts robbing banks again. After a short period of time he gets caught during a heist but after a spectacular escape from the court (which is one awesome setpiece moment) he's on the run again.
Mesrine starts to care about the public's perception even more and gives secret interviews to journalists while he has to disguise himself whenever he's not in a safehouse. The media romanticises his crimes and attention seeking far too often, but while the viewer can clearly see how crazy Mesrine was, Cassel's performance is once more so diverse, passionate and intense you can't…
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Part 1 about the infamous Jacques Mesrine, public enemy No 1 in France during the 60's/70's, personified by Vincent Cassel in excellent form.
The real Jacques Mesrine had a bit of a Robin Hood reputation although this doesn't really show within this movie. Instead you will find Jacques Mesrine to be audacious and bold at heart, willing to take risks others might have shied away from and ruthlessly go after whatever he wanted. A cold hard man who lived by his own thwarted rules. Look forward to see part 2 tomorrow!
This sagged a bit for me after the pace of the first part. The breathing space should have allowed us to get under Mesrine's skin but I just didn't get Cassel's portrayal of him.
-"Why do you do all this?"
-"Because I don't like laws. I don't like laws and I won't be a slave to my alarm clock. I won't dream my life away. I won't pass every store, thinking "That'll cost me 10 months work." No."
Mesrine, Aldo Moro, Brigate Rosse, Baader-Meinhof gang - interesting times.
Gets "serious" stylistically perhaps in the same way Mesrine himself sorta gets serious about issues, so less captivating to me, but more focused than its predecessor, so probably more successful for most.
Second half to Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesine: Public Enemy #1 focuses on Jacques Mesrine on the run, and being pursued by the French authorities. A brilliant follow up to Killer Instinct, Vincent Cassel like I stated in my review for the first half is brilliant, and really he makes the part of Jacques Mesrine his own. No other actor could play that part any better. The film is brilliant in showing the criminal repercussions of Mesrine’s lifestyle. Jacques Mesrine throughout the 1970’s was the most dangerous criminal in France’s history. He had a bone chilling reputation, and a knack to sell himself to the public eye to make him more popular towards France’s population. This half concludes with the manhunt…
Vincent Cassel's facial hair and general hair during these movies should be the subject of some groundbreaking film theory paper
Although better structured, it lacks the energy of the first film.
Like, seriously. Don't fuck with him.
With a searing performance and a mug that looks like he sleeps with his face in a vice while goblins pull his features in random directions, Vincent Cassel burns up the screen like a chip pan fire in this two-part film version of gangster Jacques Mesrine’s autobiography.
Little more than a series of episodes in Mesrine's life, with little to connect them or explain or justify his actions, it's a little aimless - particularly in Part 2 - but it’s directed by Jean-François Richet with such joie de vivre, savoir faire and coq au vin that you can’t help but get carried away with it all.
Cassel's work is the main draw here, but there are enough finger-chewingly tense chase scenes and tightly edited shootouts to keep anyone happy. As a two-parter, the whole story can be traced by Mesrine's expanding waistline: lean and taut for the first half, but a little flabby in the second.
Biografski film o francuskom gangsteru Jacques Mesrinu (Vincent Cassel), rekao bih malo predug, ali vrlo dobar. Vrlo vjerovatno samo zbog Cassela koji je francuskog gangstera odglumio besprijekorno i sa puno šarma. Da bi se dočarala njegova uvjerljivost, istinitoj priči odlučili su ipak dati malo mašte. Velika greška koju sam napravio sam shvatio tek nakon filma, da je ovo zapravo drugi dio iliti sequel od Mesrine: Killer Instict. Bacam se na prvi dio.