What are the best non-English thriller/action movies that you can recommend? You know, the kind you look forward to watching…
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.
Incredible sequel that still has my head spinning and heart pounding! The story was crazier than a soup sandwich! How a sociopathic cold blooded killer could outwit the police for decades is just beyond me! While he was intelligent, his ego and arrogance would ultimately lead to his undoing!
Vincent Cassel is no longer a young and promising actor, he has become the quintessential actor!
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.
Another excellent French crime drama in which Vincent Cassel shines. Now exploring what Jacques Mesrine got up to once back in France, it is shocking to think he actually got away with this for so long.
"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…
The two films that make up the Mesrine epic, L'instinct de mort, and L'ennemi public n°1, combine to tell a 246-minute epic...
I'll write about this later.
Not really as interesting as one might hope (though nor was number 1), this is really sort of an aimless rap sheet of the famous French criminal. Vincent Cassel is front and centre, but, in all honesty, the character just isn't that compelling. It works better as a stand-alone feature than part 1, but I probably enjoyed that one better.
Original Title: L'Ennemi Public No.1
AKA: Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1
Part 2 holds up just as well as part one.
7/10 - Brutal. Cold. Violent. The first part of the origin and rise of the infamous French gangster Can't wait for the second part - will be watching tonight.
Un des top film français de ses 10 dernières années.
i know very little about jaques merine, but i certainly want to learn more after seeing this flick. this is one of those rare moments where i watch the second movie first, mainly cuz im having such a difficult time finding the first one, lol. but from what i understand, part one, killer instinct, is an autobiographical and possibly not so true book, therefore movie, about what he claimed to have done. this movie is about his crimes and the inevitable downfall. it was a great movie though, loved it, and i will be learning more about this man merine, seems pretty damn interesting to me.
Much like the first part - the film zooms by in a rampage of violence, prison breaks, sex and bad disguises. I would have liked a further exploration of Mesrine's relationship with his father and daughter as this was only touched upon. Mesrine remains cool as hell despite his obvious character flaws.
The heyday of French film noir - taken in a broad sense of the term including B thrillers and other…
Top Violent film ranked 3 1/2 Stars or HIGHER!