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Ronin (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]

Robert De Niro , Jean Reno , John Frankenheimer    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Robert De Niro stars as an American intelligence operative adrift in irrelevance since the end of the Cold War--much like a masterless samurai, a.k.a. "ronin." With his services for sale, he joins a renegade, international team of fellow covert warriors with nothing but time on their hands. Their mission, as defined by the woman who hires them (Natascha McElhone), is to get hold of a particular suitcase that is equally coveted by the Russian mafia and Irish terrorists. As the scheme gets underway, De Niro's lone wolf strikes up a rare friendship with his French counterpart (Jean Reno), gets into a more-or-less romantic frame of mind with McElhone, and asserts his experience on the planning and execution of the job--going so far as to publicly humiliate one team member (Sean Bean) who is clearly out of his league. The story is largely unremarkable--there's an obligatory twist midway through that changes the nature of the team's business--but legendary filmmaker John Frankenheimer (Seconds, The Manchurian Candidate) leaps at the material, bringing to it an honest tension and seasoned, breathtaking skill with precision-action direction. The centerpiece of the movie is an honest-to-God car chase that is the real thing: not the how-can-we-top-the-last-stunt cartoon nonsense of Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon), but a pulse-quickening, kinetic dance of superb montage and timing. In a sense, Ronin is almost Frankenheimer's self-quoting version of a John Frankenheimer film. There isn't anything here he hasn't done before, but it's sure great to see it all again. --Tom Keogh

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De Niro/Reno/Skarsgard/Mcelhon ~ Ronin

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Warrior Code. Feb. 22 2004
Format:DVD
There's a centuries-old unwritten code shared by all members of the "warrior" class; soldiers, policemen, secret service operatives and other members of security forces old and new - a code of professionalism, of unwritten rules of conduct and moral attitudes allowing them to interact on a level outside verbal communication, and beyond the social and political mandates of the day setting the outer parameters of their job. Not all take the tenets of that code as far as the 47 masterless samurai ("ronin"), whose 18th century story, known in Japan as "Chushingura" and still one of its most famous kabuki plays, inspired this movie's title, and who committed seppuku - ritual suicide by disembowelment - after revenging their master's death; the honor-mandated punishment for having failed to protect him in the first place, and for bringing weapons to Edo [Tokyo] to kill the shogun's master of ceremonies, responsible for their liege lord's demise. But all members of this class recognize each other instinctively, and can infer more from small gestures and attitudes than others can from long conversations.
We learn little about the ronin who are the protagonists of this movie, and one of director John Frankenheimer's greatest coups is the understated way in which he uses that very mystery to keep the viewer's interest: not hyping it up, making us want to find out more, but downplaying it: What matters is not who precisely they are but their interaction as such.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post Cold War Samurai Soldiers Jan. 6 2003
Format:DVD
“Ronin”, is for everyone who enjoys Robert DeNiro, a great spy tale, a host of great supporting actors, and some of the more amazing car chases filmed on Europe’s very narrow, pre-automotive designed streets. The word Ronin describes a Samurai who has lost his master, and in this film, the word serves as a metaphor for cold warriors that no longer have the same Cold War to fight. The threats are not gone only changed, so the great games that have played host to a variety of films and movies are still available to talented writers and directors who can adapt.
A great deal of the action takes place at high speed on either very narrow urban roads, or wildly twisting mountain stretches that lack the same manner of safety barriers we are accustomed to in The USA, that make the chase scenes all the more amazing. The director and other key players who made the film have racing backgrounds which allowed them to bring a type of realism that goes beyond the typical Hollywood chase.
Jean Reno, Natascha Mcelhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce all make for a wonderful ensemble cast. The chase is for a case, and the cast that is assembled are allegedly a team in the hunt for a box that no one knows the contents of. The traditional players like the Russians are involved, the CIA, and then the new Russians along with the Irish, and members of agencies that either are active or are not, you never know until the film ends. And even when it does, the DVD offers an alternate ending that changes in a very dramatic manner how the film you just watched concluded.
“Ronin”, is a very good film, a definite cut above the average, and well worth the one minute and two hours of your time it will occupy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie that can withstand repeated viewing June 26 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Ronin" is wildly entertaining and highly crafted. Some think De Niro was in a 'trough' when he made this film; instead, I feel he is -- quite simply -- exceptional and REAL, as always DeNiro is doing nothing he hasn't done a 1,000 times before in this role but it's precisely *because* he does such characters all the time that he's so good at it. Jean Reno is equally capable of matching De Niro on screen and they form a nice relationship that doesn't grate. The other actors are all acceptable although not outstanding.

The plot is decent, but not dripping with originality. Look it's a terrorist organization. And look it's the IRA again and the Northern Ireland situation depicted with all the lack-of-knowledge Hollywood is so good at. The double crossing is amusing and makes sense - these characters aren't exactly on the side of angels are they? The action sequences are great fun too and, it must be admitted, feature the best car chases of any movie I've seen from the 90s. Which is saying something. On a down side to the plot it gets a tad ridiculous when, over the course of the movie, approximately half of France's population gets wiped out in the various car chases and gun battles... it's a tad over the top (though adrenalin pumping)

John Frankenheimer directing was very competent. The chase scenes are done particularly well with the cameras mounted to the front of the car to give you the feeling of speed. It's what helps lift this movie up that bit more from the other dross. Other than that I'd recommend this movie, especially for fans of the heist genres or those who like car chases. You won't be bored ever and will spend an enjoyable couple of hours viewing it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars we need more MANN, Michael that is...............
I am a big fan of the work of the Director, Michael Mann, and of the genre.

On first viewing some years ago, I was disappointed by this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jam Can
5.0 out of 5 stars Love To Buy But???
“I really don’t know how Amazon could say this is helpful,when you have Twelve,count them Twelve
different posters (pictures) of the same movie (Ronin) and all has a different... Read more
Published 5 months ago by trek fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
Tight and gritty story line and it moves at a fast pace. Good acting and best car chase since "Bullit". Read more
Published 8 months ago by peterj
5.0 out of 5 stars An intense role for Robert DeNiro
Interesting story and some of the best car chases ever. Great shots of France and especially of Paris. Excellent film
Published 8 months ago by Larry Sales
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action
Top notch acting especially from DeNiro (no surprise) and Jean Reno. Plenty of well done action and great locations. Can't miss spending the time to watch this one.
Published 17 months ago by BobbyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Action At Its Finest
Ronin is my favorite action/drama film and I view it about 3-4 times a year on average.

The sets and natural European landscapes, along with the excellent choice of... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2011 by Miracle Max
1.0 out of 5 stars lack of Blu-ray quality ...
Hello, I purchased this version of Ronin on Blu-ray expecting more then the standard DVD have, unfurtunatlly I was incorrect in doing so. Read more
Published on March 29 2009 by M. Nykiel
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid release... but wish there were more...
After a long wait, Ronin is FINALLY here on Blu-ray. Was it worth the wait? If you're a fan of the film, yes. Read more
Published on March 14 2009 by Michael Olshansky
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you could ask for in an intelligent action thriller
I have no idea why I had never heard of this movie before because Ronin is a whale of a good film. I can take or leave most action films, but give me a taut, intelligent,... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2006 by Daniel Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Underrated Movie
Bobby DeNiro, enough said. This a great, yet underrated heist movie with one heck of a char chase scene.
Published on Feb. 27 2006 by Keith Friesen
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