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5.0 out of 5 stars UP THERE WITH THE BEST!, 10 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [Blu-ray] [2009] (Blu-ray)
After having read only bits and pieces about this 2part film i decided to buy it on blu-ray and watched each part over two nights.I didnt really know much about "mesrine" before this, only the fact that he was a notorious criminal who became a sort of celebrity in france. The audacity with which he committed numerous bank robberies,prison escapes and kidnappings was astonishing.He taunted the authorities and made a mockery of the police and it seemed at times shocked even the crooks and gangsters he worked with coming across as even manic in his relentless crimespree.All credit has to go to Vincent Cassel who is fantastic in both parts of this film and even though you know what he did was wrong you do, or at least i did find myself being on his side and there were a couple of touching moments in part two,especially when seeing his father for the last time and also being visited by his now grown up daughter while he was in prison. Of course there was no excuse for what he did and there are some brutal scenes of violence,and it is very easy to glamourise a character like mesrine in this type of film, but it is all done very well and more realistic with no over the top hollywood shootouts and an old school cops and robbers feel. This is one of the most impressive of this type of film you will ever see and the tension is racked up at the end showing how much the police feared mesrine as we see the events from different perspectives. i do believe it is up there with the best,ie goodfellas, the godfather and scarface and will be regarded as a classic for many years to come.Cassel should have got an oscar for this performance.The fact that this film totals 4 hours should not put you off or the fact it is french with subtitles it is just brilliant and one of the top films in my collection,I loved it .BUY IT NOW!
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