Daniel Cauchy is absolutely magnetic on the screen as an incorrigible robber. He lends the story a sense of humor too, but it's not overdone. Sarcasm at the system is a neo-noir staple. Cauchy marries and his wife (Bulle Ogier) is the driver. He hooks up with (Gilles Ségal) to complete the gang. The story chronicles their crime spree. Robbery is their way of life, what gives them pleasure, a rush, and a way to rebel fully against social constraints. Being chased and sometimes caught and jailed is simply part of the game of their lives.
dbdumonteil, who tends to be critical and/or opinionated, but who is a prolific French reviewer of French movies, writes "Maybe today,people who are fond of gangsters movie,the likes of 'Mesrine' (the first version and its recent remake) can have a look at this story of three hoodlums (two men and a woman),which was inspired like the other 'hero' by real facts ,and which showed them as rebels with a cause against an unjust society.Released in 1972 ,when the political/social movie was trendy and was,par excellence ,THE French genre of the seventies."
Yes, I do like Mesrine too and this kind of movie can work if directed properly and kept moving. It's an action movie, not deep neo-noir. It has freshness. To me, it's not dated. To me, modern junk seems dated!