The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. L'instinct de mort (original title) . Written by Music Box Films. Gilles Lellouche. The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. L'instinct de mort (original title) . The film begins. Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Mesrine: L'Instinct De Mort). August Trailer park Film trailer: Mesrine: Killer Instinct. Biopic of the notorious.

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Alternate Versions. Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic. Richet then flashes back to the Franco-Algerian War of the late '50s and a brutal interrogation undergone by Mesrine. John Powers. Killer Instinct a gangster biopic worth seeking out. Eloi Painchaud Part Two:

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Jacques Mesrine. 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. The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer. Robert Koehler. 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. Cassel is a gifted actor, but he doesn't have enough to grab on to.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort)

Read more: Elizabeth Weitzman. Cassel, who took the best actor award at France's equivalent of the Oscars for this role, is compulsively watchable. Cary Darling. Much of it plays like an unintentional mash-up of the numerous wrong-side-of-the-law sagas that preceded it.

Jen Chaney. Killer Instinct is at most enjoyable as a classic, French-style character study that seeks to show us Mesrine in all his aspects. John Powers. Ultimately feels more like a collection of cool anecdotes than a story. Sean Burns. 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.

Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic. Roger Moore. In the moment it's thrilling stuff, but strung together over hours it becomes clear that [Richet] has absolutely nothing to say about Mesrine.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Mesrine: L'Instinct De Mort)

Jeff Meyers. Jim Lane. Killer Instinct is the story of notorious criminal Jacques Mesrine who progressed from petty crime on the streets of Paris to become Canada's public enemy number one.

Kind of like a Gallic Goodfellas, Mesrine is based on a real gangster and similarly spans decades of his life. Vincent Cassel puts in a quality performance as the charismatic psychopath who became a media sensation in the early s and although he is hardly the most likeable protagonist, his outlandish acts are consistently both entertaining to watch and quite incredible to believe. There are some quality set pieces, the scene in which he and his partner single-handedly attack a maximum security prison in which they were both tortured is a particular highlight.

It is a little episodic and it lacks the depth of characterisation that draws you fully into this kind of life story, but it is always exciting to watch and I am very much looking forward to Part Two. The first of the two part "Mesrine" films, this is much more of an introduction into the life of the titular character than it is a true crime biopic. It shows the life leading up to his infamous prison break and subsequent crime spree. Real life criminal Jacques Mesrine led a long and interesting life, starting in the French Army, stationed in Algiers.

With the army training him in torture and murder, Mesrine rose through the ranks of the criminal elite early, embracing friends and colleagues in order to become a petty thief and armed robber.

Throughout the film we see Mesrine struggle with trying to keep his family together, and when he becomes unemployed, we see the destructive rage and violence he can enact on his loved ones. There's very little empathy or understanding in Vincent Cassel's performance as the troubled crook, hell-bent on sustaining himself through crime. Not only that but he is a survivor of a corrupt prison, a runaway, a thief, and a madman.

Throughout the film we see the steady incline from low level criminal to the raving hellion he comes to be. Great performances from the women of the film as well, including Anaya as his beaten down wife, and De France as his companion Jeanne, following him on a spree through the United States after a foiled kidnapping in Canada. The plot moves quite fast, so some life events feel hurried and not completely covered, which is to make room for the impending sequel, "Public Enemy 1.

This man is beyond interesting, both a rogue maniac and a survivor in most respects, making this a great watch. Killer Instinct is one of the best crime dramas that I've seen in quite some time. The film tells about his rise in crime, and how he became one of the most wanted criminals in France's history.

Gerard Depardieu also stars and both men are terrific in the film.


Mesrine is an accomplished Crime film that is only rivaled by Martin Scorsese's finest genre films. The film is riveting in its execution, and the performances are top notch. With this first part of Mesrine's story, we get to see why he was revered by the public, but really he was a cold blooded criminal that was a menace to society. Director Jean-Francois Richet crafts a stunning gangster film that will delight genre fans.

The film is raw, gritty and ugly. Mesrine was not a figure to admire, and director Richet captures that aspect perfectly. Brilliantly told, and with a strong performance in the lead role, Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a taught drama that never glamorizes the exploits of the infamous Jacques Mesrine. If you enjoy the genre, give this film a shot, you will surely enjoy it. I found the film to be very entertaining and well executed.

However here, since this film is based on real events, it makes for a highly engaging film going experience that is unflinching because the story of Jacques Mesrine is quite interesting, and this film, along with its second half strips away the Robin Hood quality that the Press of the era gave him.

Stereotypes die hard. Now, I haven't seen enough French films to place valid stereotypes on the entire French film industry, but from the few that I've seen, I would say that these are the stereotypes: Unafraid to get into every nook and cranny of its dark universe, but doesn't always have emotion, thematic, moralistic, or artistic substance to back up its bold embrace towards the dark.

Killer Instinct" matches every stereotype mentioned but considerably fails to immerse audience members in its narrative and characters. It's gritty and bleak, coupled with an emotionally disattached narrative and borderline taboo-breaking violence. I'm all down for dark films -- as a matter of fact, I embrace it. But when a film decides to portray a gritty tone, there's gotta be a reason behind it other than for style. This has been my number one griping issue with many of the French films that I've seen.

Killer Instinct is no different, in fact, worse compared to other French movies which leads to my biggest issue with this film: The direction. Killer Instinct's narrative shoots out in a very linear fashion. He is released in , and although tries to keep a steady job and be honest, he is fired over financial crisis, and dreams of easy money get him back into 'the business'.

One night, Guido and Paul arrive and Mesrine prepares to leave with them, but Sofia yells at him and tells him that she will call the police, on which Mesrine snaps, slaps her, drags her across the stairs, and shoves a gun into her mouth and threatens her in front of Guido and Paul before departing.

Later they divorce, leaving him custody of the children. In , Mesrine, now a gangster, goes into a bar. A woman named Jeanne Schneider comes on to him and the pair quickly fall in love. Jeanne is cut from the same cloth as Mesrine and the pair begin to commit robberies together.

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After stealing from a mob operated casino, the pair attract the attention of local mob bosses. In , while walking with his young daughter, several men pull a 'drive-by' on Mesrine, wounding him.


Guido treats him for his injuries, and suggests that he should leave the country until the things cool down, to which Mesrine agrees. He packs, leaves his kids in custody of his parents, and departs from France, traveling to Canada with Jeanne.

Later, in Montreal , he works as a construction worker on the Champlain Bridge , where he meets a Quebec resident, Jean-Paul Mercier, and they become friends.

Mesrine is denied residency in Canada due to his criminal past but he remains there illegally. He and Jeanne hatch a plan to kidnap and hold a French-Canadian billionaire, a decrepit man paralyzed from the waist down. They gain access to his home by taking the jobs of a maid and a chauffeur. After several months, they put their plan into practice, kidnapping the man and spiriting him away to a flat in the city.

While Jeanne and Mesrine are away to try and collect the ransom money, the man manages to crawl to the balcony, break the glass, and call for help. The billionaire is taken away by paramedics just as Mesrine and Jeanne arrive back at their apartment.

They flee, escaping across the border to the United States. They are subsequently captured in the Arizona desert, while at about the same time, Guido and Paul are murdered back in France by an unknown assailant. Mesrine and Jeanne are sent back to Canada, where Jeanne is sentenced to five years, and Mesrine is sentenced to 10 years. He is sent to the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul prison, where he is exposed to extreme torture and pain.

Nevertheless, he still plans to break out of prison. Soon after, they arrive near the border, where Jean-Paul meets Sylvie Jeanjacqout, and he falls in love with her.

They hatch a plan to break Roger and friends out of prison, which does not go as intended.

While Mesrine and Mercier are mounting the assault on the prison, they are both wounded. Roger is shot and killed. Later Mesrine manages to call Jeanne, to tell her he plans to break her out of prison, but, fearful for them both and wanting to abandon her old life of crime, with the prison weakening her, she severs her ties to him. Mesrine and Jean-Paul continue on with the robberies, and while having target practice in the woods one day, they are caught by two forest rangers, and forced to kill them and leave them.

Mesrine says to Jean-Paul, "If they catch us now, we'll hang.


The end credits roll.