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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.
In my review of part one of this double feature, I mentioned a downside to the film was that things seemed very embellished and hard to believe. Well…I must say, it was only after finishing this second and final film that I went onto my good friend Wikipedia to read up on the true story of Jacques Mesrine…and shockingly enough, somehow/someway…a lot of this crazy shit actually happened. I guess I should never assume.
Anyways…onto the film itself. This second part is pretty much comparable to the first. Lots of violence, lots of action, very well executed…all around very entertaining, although maybe a little bit more methodical than the first film. I honestly have nothing valuable to add when comparing…
That poster tells you everything you need to know about Jean-Francois Richet's thrillingly violent part II of his film about Jacques Mesrine. As Public Enemy #1, our bank robbing psychopath/sociopath (take your pick) is only going to end up one way....dead.
As biopics go this has been fairly entertaining. We get a distinctive view of what Jacques Mesrine was really like, but it does seem like we've only just scratched the surface. A complex man with a psyche as complicated as a bag of cats, he never seems to have any peace between robbing casinos, robbing banks, and escaping from jail. One of the things that baffled me here is how bad his disguises were. He's infamous, a wanted man,…
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.
As I expected, no real change from my thoughts on the first part. The second part, to me, is somewhat better constructed, more energetic, and more evenly paced, but basically wastes Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet (who looks unrecognizable), and Ludivine Sagnier in parts that never really develop as they should. This is entirely Cassel's show, and he's fully up to the task. His performance is the main thing making this film any better than your average true crime thriller.
The second part does somewhat address my earlier concerns about the filmmakers' take on Mesrine, invoking more elements of his belief in his own cult of personality and even a degree of fate. It's not Public Enemies, though, and lack's that…
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.
The great Mesrine is getting too big and too flashy for his own good and the story just gets darker. Brilliant performance from Vincent Cassel, just a little less violence would have done ok for me...
Etwas weniger gelungen als der erste Teil.
This second part of the life and crimes of notorious French criminal Jacques Mesrine doesn't have quite the sweep of the first and feels like a lesser piece, although that may be down to the man himself.
Here the action is confined almost entirely to France, although there is a brief sojourn to England as indicated, I kid you not, by the sight of a couple of Bobbies walking along the street swinging their truncheons.
And perhaps that feeling that this doesn't reach the heights of the first instalment is down to the realisation that he has become interested more in his own image than anything else. It's not just enough for him to make daring escapes from custody, he's…
Wenn man die Thematik kennt bestimmt interessant. Wusste nicht das dies der zweite Teil ist.
Mesrine is an honest career criminal who robbed banks, got caught by the police several times, and escaped from prison several times, in France and in Canada, and it's all a true story. Told over two movies (the first is Mesrine: Killer Instinct, made substantially better with this follow-up), this is a gigantic and amazing biopic that puts Mesrine's charms in the center but remains fairly aloof throughout. This second film focuses on his later years, where he tries to justify the horror of his criminal life by getting politically active and thinking of himself as a modern-day folk hero, even though he's clearly just scum. He'd be thrilled to have a 4-hour movie about him. A fascinating if distant (possibly due to the foreign language) epic character study that's worth watching.
Very violent movie with 70's atmosphere - Sagnier is very good and Cassel does a marvellous job!
Since this was shot back-to-back with part one then it is understandably very much of the same and blends in seamlessly. However, "very much of the same" sometimes acts as a hindrance as many of the events and scenes begin to feel a little repetitive.
Cassell's portrayal is still spot-on and the development he portrays as Mesrine becomes more cocky and brash is perhaps even more encapsulating than in the first outing and the pacing feels a lot less fluid than in comparison to part one.
The main disappointment of this instalment was the finale. Despite it being another example of a perfectly executed sequence of suspense, it is ultimately ruined by the fact that the conclusion had already been…
Self indulgent twaddle. Why this total story was told in four hours is beyond me. Pacing off/on, off / on, characters one dimensional - became formulaic and dare I say boring!
Mesrine robs a bank, a girl (of which there are a few) falls in love (at one glance), his trusty sidekick (of which he has many) gets shot/injured - rinse and repeat - for four hours!
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