This tough and gritty French-language crime drama represents the premier installment in a two-part series of features on the life and doings of notorious Gallic. This is a slick gangster pic about the French and Canadian Public Enemy #1. Based on (I think) the memoirs of the title character, it succeeds in its many. Inspired by Jacques Mesrine’s autobiographical book “L’Instinct de mort” – which he wrote in prison shortly before his magnificent final escape – Jean-François.

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Edit Details Official Sites: Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in by France’s notorious anti-gang unit.

His personal life also keeps pace with his professional ascension.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L’instinct de mort) – Movie Reviews – Rotten Tomatoes

Mesrine and Jeanjacquot had reached Porte de Clignancourt on the outskirts of Paris when the gold BMW they were driving was boxed in at the entrance to an intersection and police marksmen in the rear of mexrine lorry immediately in front of their car threw open a tarpaulin. The story starts back inwith Mesrine returning to France after departing from Canada.

What is it with gangsters? While Mesrine was trying to talk them out of this, Cote, possibly alerted by the sight of the arsenal of weapons, suddenly recognised the pair, whereupon Mesrine and Mercier shot both officers dead. Mesrine finds out the next day that Tillier survived the ordeal.

Alex roy Super Reviewer. There is one thing that I do know about Mesrine: Director Jean-Francois Richet crafts a stunning gangster film that will delight genre fans.

He had been shot dead, with the bullet wounds forming a square: It shows sequences of events with mearine opinion, no emotion, no siding, no themes, or no morals.

Killer Instinct a gangster biopic worth seeking out. After two months, French intelligence locates Mesrine’s apartment, and Commissioner Broussard negotiates with Mesrine, who surrenders. Vincent Cassel puts in a quality performance as the charismatic psychopath who became a media sensation in the early s and although he is hardly the most likeable protagonist, his outlandish acts are consistently both entertaining to watch and quite incredible to believe.


Unfortunately, another prison sentence is waiting for him there, replete with brutal solitary confinement, but the possibility of a daring escape beckons.

Season 3 Saturday Night Live: The special gendarme unit tasked with finding and capturing Mesrine found it impossible to track him down directly.

For the films based on the life of Jaques Mesrine, see Mesrine film and Mesrine film. Retrieved 14 July A two-part film, L’instinct de mort English title: Share this Rating Title: Killer Instinct was a complete mess. After being at large for four months, he was arrested in his new Paris apartment on September 28,on information supplied by an associate who wanted a reduced sentence.

Mesrine made good copy mkrt the press, clowning for morh camera and asserting that his criminal activity was politically motivated.

Anne Consigny as Mesrine’s Lawyer. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on. However, a downsizing in resulted in him being laid off.


This page was last edited on 19 Septemberat There are some quality set pieces, the iinstinct in which he and his partner single-handedly attack a maximum security prison in which they were both tortured is a particular highlight. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The effrontery of escaped convicts returning to attack a prison infuriated Canadian law enforcement; the escapade predictably led to a hugely increased effort to apprehend the duo. He went on to be expelled from other schools and fell into the lifestyle mezrine a juvenile delinquentmuch to the dismay of his family.

Mesrine and Insyinct are sent back to Canada, where Jeanne is sentenced to five years, and Mesrine is sentenced to 10 years. Mesrine was not a figure to admire, and director Richet captures that aspect perfectly. Laure Marsac as Interviewer. During this incarceration, however, he faced security far better than any he had defeated before.

Guido treats him for his injuries, and suggests that he should leave the country until the things cool down, to which Mesrine agrees.


This moment, as well as establishing that Mesrine has the killer instinct of the title, shows us that he is not one for conforming to authority, as he ignores his superior and takes the shot.

A report noted that Mesrine had been seen doing exercises in his cell and was behaving like a man who had received good news. January 16, Rating: Killer Instinct ” on Amazon. InMesrine was sentenced to 18 months in prison for robbery his first prison sentence, although he had been a professional criminal for a number of years.

Mesrine and Jean-Paul continue on with the robberies, and while having target practice in the woods one day, they are caught by two forest rangers, and forced to kill them and leave them.

Jacques Mesrine – Wikipedia

As the years pass, Jacques works his way nesrine through the ranks of the underworld; via Paul, he also meets and falls hard for two women: Assassinationbank robberyburglarykidnapingsmuggler. Reportedly, in the instant before the gendarmerie opened fire, Mesrine’s eyes were described as being so shocked they seemed to be bursting from his head as he realized he was trapped. He was arrested 3 days later.

In December of the same year, he robbed a jewellery store in Geneva and a hotel in Chamonix. The billionaire is taken away by paramedics just as Mesrine and Jeanne arrive back at their apartment. Samuel Le Bihan as Michel Ardouin.

Deeply resenting the way he had been treated in the prison, Mesrine and Mercier made an extremely risky attempt to precipitate a mass break out from the maximum security block of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul on September 3, Not only that but he is a survivor of a corrupt prison, a runaway, a thief, and a madman.

You can probably say, it was a bad move for him to be involved in this project; he trusted the bad instincts sorry