Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 is the second half of the epic French gangster biography chronicling the outrageous career of '60s and '70s outlaw Jacques Mesrine. Vincent Cassel, looking hopped-up and wily - and gaining considerable heft to play the celebrity outlaw in his middle age - once again delivers a performance of full-force magnetism.
Magnetism, however, isn't always the same thing as likability. Mesrine (pronounced may-reen - he hated it when someone called him mez-reen) was a trigger-happy sociopath who bullied and brutalized those close to him, and those who got in his way. There were instances of tenderness and thoughtful reflection, but then he'd go and blast somebody in the head.