French Gangster Film Mesrine: Killer Instinct On Blu-ray and DVD

Out this week on Blu-ray and DVD is the gritty, suspenseful Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Music Box Films). Vincent Cassel gives an electrifying performance as Jacques Mesrine, one of the most notorious French gangsters, who cut a bloody path of crime (bank robberies, kidnappings, wild prison escapes) from Paris to Canada to Arizona in the 70s. Director Jean-Francois Richet's first in a two-film tale about this ruthless criminal gives a tense portrait of the man, with his hair-trigger anger and swaggering way with the ladies. Cecil De France (Haute Tension) plays Bonnie to his Clyde, and Gerard Depardieu is imposingly threatening as a criminal mastermind. What I liked about the straightforward storytelling and Cassel's ballsy performance is that you come to understand, sometimes sympathize and really fear this man. I can't wait to see part two Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 when it comes out in March.

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