DVD of Week: Mesrine Public Enemy

While most you are drooling over the DVD release of Black Swan, you may want to pay particular attention to the critically acclaimed talent of Vincent Cassel. The man is an extraordinary French actor who’s film contributions not only include Black Swan, but also Irreversible, Le Heine, Shrek, Ocean’s 13, and many more.  Most recently, he has lit up the screen with his outstanding role in the two-part French gangster film, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1.

Cassel plays the role of Jacques Mesrine, in the true story of the last French gangster with a 20-year criminal career in kidnapping, robberies, murders in multiple countries around the globe.  Igniting the screen with his spectacular performance, Cassel takes viewers on a very French, non-stop epic ride – one that should not be missed!

The first film, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, introduces the audience to how Mesrine came to become a bad-ass gangster, and the audience soon comes to fear, admire, and despise him, all at the same time.  While Cassel commands your attention, you’ll soon agree that he not only delivers one of the best performances you’ll ever see – but you’ll agree with Empire Magazine that this is, “An instant gangster classic. In a league with Coppola & Scorsese.”

The second film, Mesrine: Public Enemy #1, is as Harry Knowles of Aint It Cool puts it, “even better” and ” feels like vintage Coppola & Scorsese.” That’s pretty much the consensus from critics across the board (see below) – and that is why Mesrine: Public Enemy is the DVD pick of the week.  Check out the reviews below, watch the trailer, and then get parts 1 & 2, Mesrine Killer Instinct and Mesrine Public Enemy on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, iTunes.

Mesrine Public Enemy (courtesy of Music Box Films)

“A French Goodfellas.” – Boston Herald

“5 out of 5 Stars! Irresistable entertainment!” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Taken as a whole – the two parts comprise as one of the best gangster movies in recent memory.” – James Plath, DVD Town

“…entertainment shot-em-up gangster story” – Scott Ross, NBC PopcornBiz

“Public Enemy No. 1 is a virtually nonstop thrill ride, one of the most exciting gangster films in recent cinema history, and it offers a knockout performance by Vincent Cassel.” –  Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com


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