Mesrine: Public Enemy No 1 (15)

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The second and concluding part of this biopic finds outlaw Jacques Mesrine revelling in his notoriety as France's public enemy "numero un", having graduated from the housebreaker and jailbird of Killer Instinct.

It covers the years between 1973 and 1979 when Mesrine staged a number of audacious prison escapes and old-fashioned bank robberies, then tried to burnish his own myth by claiming allegiance with terrorist groups like the Red Brigade and Baader-Meinhof. Not everyone was fooled. When he kidnaps an aged slumlord millionaire, the latter haggles over his ransom and points out that the true revolutionary would simply have killed him. Vincent Cassel fully commits himself to the role, though it's distracting that he always appears in somewhat comical disguises – he must have spent more time at the wigmakers than he did counting his loot. But even his best efforts to pass unnoticed couldn't save him in the end.

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