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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?
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…
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…
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…
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.
“Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. That is the first thing they teach you.”
-Sam (Robert De Niro)
This is part of Sean’s Movie Club: A Crazy Experiment List – My review for Ronin, the first film chosen.
Ronin is the Japanese term for a samurai without a master. They'd roam the countryside, pretending to be thieves or beggars, and hiring their skills to those willing to pay. Unfortunately no, this film does not entail De Niro and Reno running around in samurai outfits chopping everyone up with katanas. Instead, it follows a leaderless group of outcasts, specialists from every field, whom hire their services out to the highest bidder.
The team are hired by Deirdre (Natascha…
This week the Super Action Bros drive really fast through the streets or French cities in 1998’s Ronin.
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This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An action movie that's popular because of the talent involved and there's alot of good acting on screen but the action scenes are pretty boring and nothing much happens.
SYNOPSIS: A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.
David Mamet (one of my favourite writers) + John Frankenheimer (director) = a delicious action film.
It's a typical Mamet action hero film: extraordinarily competent men of action facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles. See Mamet's other films: SPARTEN, RED BELT, HEIST, THE UNIT.
One of the most underrated movies of the 1990s, foreshadowed the re-energized Bond films and the Bourne films. Watched it in tandem with JF's "Monte Carlo" - the man knows how to photograph cars performing.
An action movie with brains and a little of suspense too. Frankenheimer balanced these elements perfectly and delivered one of the most chilling car chases in movies history(IMHO, comparable to The Bourne Identity and Bullit).
Also, one of the last movies where you can see De Niro act seriously.
As a huge fan of Robert De Niro, I was definitely looking forward to checking out Ronin. I was slightly letdown though. First off, De Niro is great here as expected and is actually pretty badass. The other performances are definitely good, but De Niro steals the show. Jean Reno is solid here as well, and together they make an awesome pairing. The action is very fun and the characters are interesting, but where this movie falters is with its story. Going into a movie like this, you gotta deliver a good story. This movie is just so complicated and convoluted, and the story lost me at so many different occasions. Also, the middle act is very boring at times…
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