Monday, April 18, 2011

The Vern Reviews: "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" and "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1"

Mesrine: Killer Instinct.

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Cast:  Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier
Writers:  Abdul Raouf Dafri , Jean-Francois Richet
Director:  Jean-Francois Richet

**'s out of Four

      Hello All.  I'm a little tired from having watched both "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" and "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1".  With over four hours you would think I would have a lot to discuss about this movie and I wish I did.  The performances and action was really good, and despite the long running time this was quite enjoyable.  I just found the story itself to be a bit too generic.  Like the screenwriters read a paint by numbers book on how to write a Gangster Movie.   I would not  want to watch this again and again, but I would recommend it to those of you who like movies in this type of genre.

                                          (U.S. Theatical Poster)

Jacques Mesrine(Vincent Cassel) was a criminal well known for his excessive robberies and multiple prison escapes.  He was labeled as  Public Enemy # 1 by the police, yet certain media outlets considered him to be a romantic hero who takes on the establishment.  Mesrine loved that type of attention although many of his cohorts did not.    His life story is very similar to that of John Dillinger who also robbed many banks and escaped from prison numerous times.

                                            (U.S. Theatrical Poster)

     I'm still a little confused on why the movie "Mesrine"was made into two parts.  This really would have worked better as one long movie with a few edits to make the story flow better.  It's not a bad movie it's just this story been seen numerous times before.  It is the usual rise to fame, descent into death story that many Gangster movies follow.   Vincent Cassel is great in the title role, but yet I wasn't fully on his side.   The moment where I lost some interest in the character is when he viciously beats his wife for asking him to stop his criminal actions.     He does end up feeling like shit for it and it's here where I start to notice a trend.  Every time the movie shows a scene of Mesrine doing something destructive.  The next scene is a dramatic one to help enhance his humanity more.  That could just be who that character is.  A man who can be very charming and somewhat likable, but can also turn into a violent dangerous criminal at any moment.  

                                               (U.S. Theatrical Trailer)

"Mesrine: Killer Instinct" and "Mesrine: Publice Enemy # 1 are both playing on Netflix streaming right now.

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