Italian director Michele Placido directs Kim Rossi Stuart in this biopic of notorious Italian criminal Renato Vallanzasca, who inevitably became a byword for criminal recklessness and bravado.
Thick with the details of murders, kidnappings and scores of armed robberies, it's a slick narrative bursting with charisma and bloody action. What it isn't, however, is terribly truthful.
In Italy, this mythologising has upset Vallanzasca's victims, but if you treat this as an unreliable memoir you may enjoy it. Certainly the film benefits from co-writer Rossi Stuart's charismatic performance. However the essence of the man himself never comes into view.
From Friday to 2 June, Glasgow Film Theatre
• This article was first published in the Scotland on Sunday on May 22, 2011