Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I highly recommend this film.
These are very gripping violent sexy mesmerizing movies. Cassel's performance is a thing of beauty and despite the fact that the second film sags a bit at times, it's well worth your time. Both films clock in over two hours each but the first one flies by, the second one no so much. But the second film is redeemed by Cassel's acting and by the luminous Ludivine Sagnier. My only complaint other than the slower second film is that it's obvious that Mesrine is a psychopathic criminal who would kill you as soon as look at you if you crossed him or if you got in the way of one of his robberies, yet these films try to deify him a bit too much. They try to explain why he's like he is, instead of just showing us who he was. When they inject politics into Mesrine, the film falters a bit. However, don't let that stop you from seeing these two fine French films.