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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…
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…
+1 to any movie with a muted color palette that isn't needlessly dour.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ronin begins as one of the more intriguing heist films I've ever seen. The plot is established very efficiently and we are saved long scenes of needless exposition. There's a metal case with something valuable in it, and we meet the team that has been assembled to steal that case. There is limited dialogue, and we get to the action very quickly. In fact I think the first act of the movie is nearly perfect. I have nothing but praise to heap on the cast of Ronin as well. De Niro is an interesting choice for the retired agent who probably once worked for the CIA. He isn't the type of actor I would anticipate for a role like this,…
Very well done action movie. Some of the best car chases you will see.
It's a shame; the film is good, but it loses half a star for boring me with 20 minute car chases (the film did not need to be 2 hours long as it is), and I didn't like the way the lady was played.
Spent most of the movie discussing how many movies Natascha McElhone might have been mistook for Jane Seymour.
Undercooked heist-thriller that underutilises its excellent cast by making all the characters entirely one dimensional.
Towards the end of the film, one of the characters sums up the film with dialogue alluding to both DeNiro's hero, and in turn the film's habit of giving 'No questions, no answers'. Maybe a better scripted film would get away with this but this film isn't smart enough to get away with it.
Nevertheless, their are some impressive car chases in this film and Natasha McElhone is incredibly beautiful.
On a side note, would someone get Jonathan Pryce into better films? He can play a great villain.
A freelancing former US intelligence agent joins a group of individuals to track down a briefcase that is being used for a large amount of money and they must do anything in their power to obtain it. Highly recommended
I cherish this. Not only my favourite car-chase film, but one of my overall favourites as well. Also, a strong contender for the last great Robert De Niro film.
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