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Your ally could become your enemy.
A briefcase with undisclosed contents -- sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob -- makes its way into criminals' hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or ronin, charged with the thorny task of recovering the case. But the team, led by an ex-CIA agent, mistrusts one another. Can they accomplish their mission?
European set conspiracy thrillers were big in the seventies. From "The Odessa File" to "Day Of The Jackal", they found an audience with intelligent and often thrilling attention to detail. John Frankenheimer's last really good movie, "Ronin" had more than enough intrigue, action and suspense to rival both of those classics.
An assembled team of mercenaries, all ex-special forces and former security personnel are gathered for a job in France. British, American and Russian "Ronin" join forces with a female IRA member for the heist of a mysterious case. Double crosses ensue along with some terrific action and one of the best car chase scenes in recent memory. Robert De Niro is joined by Jean Reno,Stellan Skarsgard and a flaky…
Review In A Nutshell:
For me Ronin is a film of two halves, the first one about the obtaining of the mysterious grey/silver case and the second about the betrayal and the chase in obtaining it back. My feeling towards the film is split, with the first half of the film being wonderfully handled. It showed us how these hired men, all of which possess a specific task and skill-set, prepared themselves for the job. Watching these men plan their mission is exciting, the film was able to suck me in and having me wanting more. I wanted to understand the process of being in this business and the personalities that found within it; though the film delivers this at…
Let's say there's a movie whose cast includes Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce, tell me that, I'm already sold. Frankly you had me are De Niro and Reno. Now add on that the movie is an intricate action thriller, sounds good. Wait, there's more, said movie also features some of the most intense chase scenes and shoot-outs ever filmed. Sound too good to be true, well it's not.
To sum up the story in Ronin would almost be pointless, sure it's twisty, plot heavy, and convoluted, but in all reality, the plot doesn't matter. For what it's worth, the story centers around a group of mercenaries hired to steal a case. Who are…
Mamet and Frankenheimer possessed by Melville is basically crack to a film-nerd sociopath in love with genre hyperspecificity like me.
I'm so glad I finally got to the end of this one! I watched this as part of Sean's Movie Club.
I agree with everyone else that the car chases, especially the one later in the film, are absolutely outrageous. The best I've seen, probably. At first I thought they were kind of cheesy, but as they went on and on I thought my heart was going to stop from the excitement.
Besides the action scenes, I didn't find a lot to connect to in this. I always love Jean Reno, I think he has this sweetness that I find adorable even when he's killing people. He was the bright spot of this movie for me. I don't know if…
Frankenheimer handles chaotic action with breathtaking energy and clarity; the car chases in this film are a master-class in action cinema. While Frankenheimer allows himself a few marvelous flourishes (the very best being a quick edit from blood splashed on a car window to an ice skater's red sweater), his direction is mostly understated here, but never less than precise.
Another entry in: I don't know if I like this movie. I'm leaning toward don't.
Obnoxious music like when two people talk on an escalator, nonsensical effects work like cars exploding on contact as if this was an insurance adjuster's nightmare, a decent story with some idiotic details and characterization like Teflon making bullets armour-piercing and people who have been shown as being semi- or fully fluent in French yelling at French people - in English.
The actors and technicians did as much as they could with this shit from Zeik and co. I expected more from Frankenheimer, and David Mamet was so embarrassed he wanted to be credited under a pseudonym.
Just when De Niro's hyper-competence becomes completely unbearable. a car chase comes along and saves the day.
"You ever kill anybody?"
"I hurt somebody's feelings once."
Frankenheimer (or maybe just a spirited second unit) really try to do some cool shit in the midst of a production that's clearly comprised and majorly fucked-with. Sorta wish it was a junk De Palma film instead of a junk Frankenheimer film though.
Astoundingly shitty tacked on V.O. narration ending is a jaw-dropper.
A surprisingly entertaining movie with a well-chosen, international cast, however the story leaves much to be desired.
Well constructed, snappy dialog and some of the best stunt driving ever put to film
Doesn't make a lick of sense, but its action scenes are some of the best ever committed to film.
That second car chase is a thing of beauty. I like that they went Bullit with it and dropped out the music and just left the car sounds. That audio device is very effective here.
It has a nice mystery heist in the first half of the movie and some really entertaining car chasers
Since my list of Films Where Actors Should Have Kept Their Original Accent mostly became a list of bad Irish…