Brutal crime drama based on the true story of French criminal Jacques Mesrine (Cassel), who was killed in 1979. Flashbacks depict the beginnings of his activities over the 20 previous years, including a move to Quebec (after trouble in Paris) and time in prison (from which he escapes). As played by Cassel, Mesrine is violent, intelligent, and charismatic--a dangerous combination for both the cops and his fellow criminals. Partially adapted from Mesrine's memoir. French with subtitles.
Mesrine: Killer Instinct is the first half of a pair of crime epics (wildly successful in their home country of France and followed by Public Enemy #1, which we'll review next week) about the legendary Jacques Mesrine, a notorious criminal in the 1960s and 1970s who was reportedly responsible for ...Read More