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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…
Robert DeNiro and Jean Reno chase a MacGuffin around France for two hours. Lots of neat action, an excellent cast, and fantastic car chase scenes highlight this film that really isn't about anything at all.
"You ever kill anybody?"
"I hurt somebody's feelings once."
Today was Robert De Niro's birthday, so to celebrate I watched a few of his films. Ronin is one I hadn't previously seen, but I'd heard it was pretty good so I checked it out. The whole cast is good, with De Niro leading the way and he played his badass character wonderfully. The film did have some duller patches in my opinion, but there was a lot of good stuff as well. The action scenes were exciting and well put together and the finale was very good. Overall, though not one of his best films, Ronin is another good one from De Niro. 7/10
This type of film isn't usually my cup of tea but I thoroughly enjoyed the first 90 minutes. I thought they were tense, well structured and well acted.
Unfortunately the film lost its way in the last half an hour resulting in a fairly silly, contrived finale.
Means master less samurai.
Ronin is a great action film with twists and turns throughout the movie. All of the performances were great, it's very hard to see an action movie without the use of computer effects and this is one of them. Overall, Ronin is an awesome 90s action film.
Otro de esos excelentes clásicos de acción de antaño donde la historia también importaba y no solo el espectáculo. Y también una de las ultimas buenas actuaciones de Robert De Niro.
Another of those great action classics of the 90's where the story also mattered and not just the show. And also one of the last good performances by Robert De Niro.
I think about this line from A.A. Dowd's review of World War Z fairly often, describing the shaky-cam as a form of euphemism: "What viewers can't visually process won't hurt them."
Ronin has an clear, accountant-like focus on collateral damage—Frankenheimer tallies every death as his own sort of ethico-professional obligation.
Fun and simple romp.
Reno outshines De Niro?
CIA no way!
At a time when I needed a little movie escapism, I thought Ronin would be a fun rewatch. Turns out my positive memories were solely due to the car chases.
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