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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…
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.
Just an all out great action movie. I looked over a list of top 90s action films and i think this could be in the top 5.
Nice but forgettable.
Also sorry, aber der Film ist bis auf einige Szenen echt ne herbe Enttäuschung gewesen nach all den Jahren. Ich weiß nicht genau, warum ich den Film damals gekauft habe, aber als ich mir den jetzt wieder angesehen habe, fiel mir auf, dass er doch sehr langatmig ist. Klar ist der spitze besetzt und hat eigentlich auch eine interessante Story, allerdings habe ich mich nach circa der Hälfte des Films nur noch gefragt, was das alles soll und trotz des doch zwischenzeitlich hohen Actiongehalts und Jean Reno und Robert de Niro war ich kurz davor einzuschlafen.
Ich bin mir nicht sicher ob ich dem Film hier nicht unrecht tue und ob mein Geschmack sich einfach derart weit entfernt hat von…
Robert DeNiro at his finest
Gloriously unhip MAXIMUM RISK / MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE crossover for the elderly (i.e. classicists). Only Frankenheimer could make an eggplant-colored mid-range Peugeot chasing a boxy BMW limousine through oncoming traffic into the unforgettable nail-biter it is. Also, I need a gif of Michael Lonsdale demonstrating seppuku.
John Frankenheimer directed the Manchurian Candidate and this film. That is the better film, but there is something so rock solid. An incredible cast of talented actors (De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Price). A McGuffin plot works to have these people work together and against one another. There are some great car chases that are worth the price of admission/rental alone.
A group of mercenaries are assembled to steal a metal suitcase that is carrying some unknown contents.
Those mercenaries, who are linked to in the opening text scrawl as "Ronin" (Japanese Samurai that wander as bandits), are Cold War veterans who are currently serving without a master.
I liked how all of them were shrewdly professional at their job. They've got seasoned experience—most notably, in how Sam (Robert De Niro) and Vincent (Jean Reno) provide a hardnosed vigour amongst the Parisian streets. They've got a silent camaraderie and convincing coda that brought me into their world. There's also resourceful support from explosive expert Sean Bean, ex-KGB Stellan Skarsgård and IRA villain Jonathan Pryce who play a more prominent role when…
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.
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