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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 KeoghSee all Product Description
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
“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
Tight and gritty story line and it moves at a fast pace. Good acting and best car chase since "Bullit". Read morePublished 19 months ago by peterj
Interesting story and some of the best car chases ever. Great shots of France and especially of Paris. Excellent filmPublished 19 months ago by Larry Sales
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 on April 28 2013 by BobbyT
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
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 morePublished on March 29 2009 by M. Nykiel
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 morePublished on Sept. 13 2006 by Daniel Jolley
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