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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.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised returning to John Frankenheimer's Ronin that it is better than I remembered. It is a fairly engaging crime thriller, built around some seriously well-executed car chases and gunfights. It has Robert De Niro replaying his restrained Michael Mann-Heat performance, while Jean Reno, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jonatahan Pryce and Michael Lonsdale overact around him. Sean "what are the colour of the boat-sheds in Hereford" Bean is particularly lame in this film. However, Natascha McElhone is an interesting choice for the female lead, clearly slumming it to work with Frankenheimer. The film has some high-level pretensions, see the title and the intro, but it is enough of a crime thriller to work quite well.
What I didn't…
The last time I watched Ronin was still on VHS and sadly it wasn't half as good as I remembered it to be.
De Niro and Reno are great but play their generic 101 characters and there's two pretty good car chase sequences, that don't look that spectacular anymore after The Raid 2 and Fury Road, but feature 100% practical driving, which I can still respect and do very much so.
The story is a load of unfocused bollocks though and mistakes twists for actual depth. Add to that the lack of character growth or actual characters with character and you get a fairly shallow film with added Japanese philosophy lesson for the pretentious sake of it.
Sadly, just decent in retrospect.
"If you don't mind, I'm gonna pass out."
De Niro and Reno make a great team.
I had this film marked as watched, but i barely remember a single detail of it, some of it seemed vaguely familiar, but I must have been a kid when I saw it, so none of it stuck.
It was a pretty solid action thriller, but not outstanding. De Niro was great, I wish he still played characters like this, he was so bad ass. The stuff with Deidre was kind of pointless though and annoyed me a bit.
I always enjoy Reno too, every time I watch one of his film, it reminds me that I need to see more and wonder why I haven't.
So that's what I'm gonna take from this...I need to see more Reno and I need to watch more old De Niro :-)
Maybe I wasn't in the mood? There were a couple of scenes that really caught my attention and for a lot of the rest of it, it was a bit meh and actiony in a boring way to me.
"You ever kill anybody?
I hurt somebody's feelings once."
A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.
I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped, but it's a solid entry into the Crime genre. It's probably most notable for being one of the last good De Niro performances.
It has too many double crosses and meanders in the middle a bit. Worth a watch but by no means essential.
i like the car chase scene.
Sweet ass shootouts, awesome car chases, very basic story. Nuff said.
Very much a throw back, this is essentially a 1970s action thriller that just happened to come out in the late 90s - all paranoia and car chases.
I also distinctly remember my HS math teacher Ms. Clark telling me that this was a good movie. I told her she was wrong and then didn't bother watching it for nearly 20 years.
What's not to love? Incredible car chases, shoot outs, twists, Jean Reno ANNND Robert De Niro, Audi's.
Hollywood - make more films like this.
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