French actor Vincent Cassel blows the doors off this bio, the first of a two-parter on the life and times of Jacques Mesrine, the flamingly notorious crook who made a specialty of breaking out of prison in both France and Canada in the 1960s and Seventies. Starts off slowly and builds to a rousing second half as Mesrine establishes himself as the meanest thug in Montreal. He’s a real creep, a one-man crime wave, but true to his word. The screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri (A Prophet) and Jean-François Richet, adapted from Mesrine’s autobiography and directed excitingly by Richet, has a similar flavor as The Baader Meinhof Complex, a true-crime saga with a political quotient. Cécile De France and Gérard Depardieu costar (113 min).
Director: Jean-François Richet
Producer: Daniel Delume and Thomas Langmann
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche, Roy Dupuis, Elena Anaya, Michel Duchaussoy, Myriam Boyer, Florence Thomassin, Abdelhafid Metalsi, Gilbert Sicotte, Deano Clavet, Mustapha Abourachid and Ludivine Sagnier