Posted on 8/05/10 09:28 AM
"Ronin" is an extremely well made film, and although is has some failures, still an enjoyable action movie.
Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind (De Niro, Reno, Skarsgård...), whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (McElhone) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly...
It's an action movie, so let's talk about the action sequences, in which I think is what this movie focuses. The shootings are excellent, we always know where is everybody, and we can notice their strategy, instead of seeing a lot of man shooting themselves. Now, the car chases are the reason this movie will be remembered, because they are simply the best. When a friend told me it was the best car chase ever, I thought, "This guy haven't seeing "Bullit", but I was wrong, and he was right, the angle that they shoot the chase sequences, make that seem really dangerous, we always expect them to crash, it look so real.
The acting, as you expected from De Niro, Reno and Stellan Skarsgård, is really great, but De Niro deserves attention, he appears always safe about what he is doing, which strengthens the idea of him being so wise, and experienced. You can't find a single movie that De Niro is not good, the only movie that I thought he was just good is "Awakenings".
The plot is unbelievable sometimes, like when they are looking for a Russian, and when they see a poster announcing a presentation of Russian ballet, they deduce that they will find the bad guy in there (didn't they notice that is hard to find one man between 30.000 people, when they didn't even know how they look like?).
Verdict: It's a well made action/thriller with great action scenes, and equally great performances.