General Information

Glossary: M
Released Year: 2008
Runtime: 113 minutes
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Directors: Jean-François Richet
Writers: Jacques Mesrine, Abdel Raouf Dafri
Casts: Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche, Roy Dupuis, Elena Anaya, Florence Thomassin, Michel Duchaussoy, Myriam Boyer, Abdelhafid Metalsi, Gilbert Sicotte, Deano Clavet, Ludivine Sagnier, Mustapha Abourachid, Sofiane Benrazzak
IMDB: Mesrine Part 1 Killer Instinct (2008) - IMDB

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IMDB Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.4

Reviews

100
San Francisco Chronicle - Mick LaSalle
The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
88
Orlando Sentinel - Roger Moore
Cassel's performance...the best reason to see this, one of the best French (In French with English subtitles) crime thrillers of the new millennium.
75
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
The enjoyment of the film comes from watching Mesrine's ambitions grow slowly but exponentially; the shock is in being reminded and re-reminded of his sadism.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer - Steven Rea
The real-life career criminal Jacques Mesrine is seen in all his wild, scary, violent glory.

Mesrine Part 1 Killer Instinct (2008)


Mesrine: Killer Instinct -- the first of two parts -- charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on. Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy.