Friday 8 November 2013

Film Review - Ronin

It's been a while since I last watched this and it was just as good as I remembered it. This is a top notch action thriller. A team of freelancers with different talents is put together and tasked with retrieving a case. As can be expected from a thriller things go pear shaped quite quickly.

The film does everything right, De Niro and Jean Reno work well together and pretty much steal the show, but everyone else does a good job in support. The weak link is Sean Bean, but he does provide some light relief.

The story unfolds at a good pace with some interesting twists and turns along the way. The action may be occasional and brief, but as with the rest of the film is well done. It also features one of the classic car chases in film through the streets of Paris.

It's also nice to see something like this not on the streets of a US city, it changes the dynamics quite a bit. The streets are narrow making for tighter action, the blend of nationalities also plays into the story.

This ranks as one of my favourite action thrillers and stills stands out in its genre.

In a world where loyalty is earned and betrayal is a way of life, a new and deadlier terrorist threat has emerged - the freelance killer.

Staring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElthorne, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce, written by J. D. Zeik and Richard Weisz and directed by John Frankenheimer, the master of intelligent thrillers, Ronin is a gritty, international film packed with high-octane action.

The Cold War may be over but at the forefront of the new world is a group of covert mercenaries whose skills in surveillance, reconnaisance and attack are for sale to the highest bidder. Five of these operatives, known as Ronin, are assembled in Paris by a mysterious client for a dangerous mission steal a top-secret briefcase.

What seems to be a straight-forward assignment soon becomes a deadly pursuit as other underworld organisations vie for the same prize. Betrayer becomes betrayed as the film reaches its shattering climax.brbrFeaturing some of the most exciting, stomach-churning car chases ever committed to film, Ronin is a tough, uncompromising thriller that will leave you breathless.
Ronin is available from Amazon (and is a top class thriller)

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