Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort)
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Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort)
This tough and gritty French-language crime drama represents the premier installment in a two-part series of features on the life and doings of notorious Gallic hood Jacques Mesrine (1936-1979). Mesrine is played, in both installments, by actor Vincent Cassel, who reportedly underwent massive weight gain and weight loss to convincingly portray the volatile Mesrine at various periods of his life. Director Jean-François Richet begins in 1979, with Mesrine's uncommonly violent death, whereby he and a beautiful young woman are suddenly (and fatally) ambushed by Parisian police not far from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Four hours of French gangsters may not sound like a cinematic joy, but with Euro-star Vincent Cassel in the lead role, the movie is utterly hypnotic."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Cassel is a gifted actor, but he doesn't have enough to grab on to. Read more:"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a triumphant gangster film. It's exhilarating throughout thanks to a masterful performance by Vincent Cassel and some expertly staged action scenes. Comparing this one to Goodfellas would not be a stretch."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"... crackles with tension and violence, driven by [Vincent] Cassel's powerhouse performance."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"...a stylish gangster flick with lots of action and a super cool, larger-than-life anti-hero at the center..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Cassel, who took the best actor award at France's equivalent of the Oscars for this role, is compulsively watchable."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"This masterpiece combines the best of 'Scarface,' 'The Godfather' and 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Vincent Cassel tackles the demanding lead role and is simply magnificent. There is no shortage of action, violence and ..."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"French actor Vincent Cassel blows the doors off this bio."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It captures the rush of crime as a way of life for a man who did and took whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, simply because he could take it."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Much of it plays like an unintentional mash-up of the numerous wrong-side-of-the-law sagas that preceded it."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"In the moment it's thrilling stuff, but strung together over hours it becomes clear that [Richet] has absolutely nothing to say about Mesrine."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"It may not capture the fullness of the man?s life, but it does effectively capture his presence."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"A macho good time. The rebel without a cause finds out that wartime training with guns has its advantages."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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