Jean-François Richet, “Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008)”.

Sep 24 2010 Published by Benito Vergara under review

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

This second half of Jean-Francois Richert’s gangster epic is slightly more disjointed, but its arguments make for a richer film. Removed from the more straightforward narrative arc of Mesrine’s early career and his marriages (his first is skipped in the former film), Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 echoes the peripatetic nature of this thief’s occupation. The film feels like a string of narrow escapes and increasingly brazen (and, from the perspective of 2010, pretty damn insane) robberies. Practically every scene is conducted in broad daylight, almost as if they were deliberate provocations designed for maximum publicity. (It also helps that the police are also remarkably incompetent.)

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