Jean-François Richet, “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” (2008).

Sep 22 2010 Published by Benito Vergara under review

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

With his cheekbones, scarily gaunt features, and what seems like a perpetual sneer, Vincent Cassel has a face made for gangster movies. But there’s no denying his low-key charm as well  (though I think my women friends would disagree with “low-key”) — witness the twinkle in his eye when, like a shark, he encircles his female prey — and in that sense he’s wonderfully suited to play Jacques Mesrine, notorious robber of banks and jewelry stores and wanted in probably just as many countries. A smooth criminal indeed.

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