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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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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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, suspenseful thriller filled with great action, wicked twists, and some of the best car-chasing footage you'll ever see, and I'm happy. Throw Jean Reno and the one and only Robert De Niro into the mix, as well, and I'm happier than any clam has a right to be. Director John Frankenheimer obviously knows that action alone doesn't make for a good action film, and he also knows that the only way to make a high speed chase scene look authentic is to film a real high speed chase scene.

The title is derived from the term for masterless Samurai of feudal Japan -- warriors who failed their master and were left to wander in the shame of their failure. In modern parlance (and in this movie), the term applies to special agents of various governments who find themselves quite on their own thanks to the end of the Cold War. These men still put their skills to good use by selling their services to those willing to pay them for handling sensitive, usually dirty, jobs. In this case, Sam (De Niro), Vincent (Reno), and three others are brought together in France by an Irish lass named Deirdre and charged with acquiring a metal case well-protected by its current carrier. It sounds easy ' ambush the target and his security force, snatch the case, exchange it for cash, and move on. Naturally, the mission turns out to be extremely complicated, as a couple of powerful parties want whatever is in that case, and a certain individual proves less than trustworthy. What's the world coming to when you can't even trust a selfish, independent-minded, well-trained gun-for-hire?
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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 10 days 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 4 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 7 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 7 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 16 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie that can withstand repeated viewing
"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... Read more
Published on June 26 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
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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