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Ronin

Robert DeNiro stars in an intelligent thriller set in and around Paris.

He plays Sam, an ex-CIA agent hired by a mysterious Irish woman (Natascha McElhone), who is most likely an IRA member.

She recruits an international team made up of a French mercenary (played by the talented Jean Reno), a German operative (Stella Skarsgard), a British agent (Sean Bean), and Sam the lone American.

Their mission is to steal a silver case handcuffed to the wrist of a man who is surrounded by bodyguards.  Sam and his teammates are never told the contents of the case, but are given an intricate plan for ambushing the target.

The complex plot involves you from the very beginning.  Director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) breaks up the dialogue with a few spectacular chase scenes through old Nice.  This kind of edge-of-your-seat stunt driving hasn't been seen since The French Connection.

DiNiro's performance is taut and top notch.  He seems to be in complete control of every situation.

From the moment this mixed bag of characters gather in a dingy bar, not giving their full names, nor the details of their background, you begin guessing which one will be the first to betray the rest.

Double crosses come easily to this bunch and a number of betrayals add to the suspense of what will happen next.

Ronin has compelling actors, intense action, and a smart, absorbing story.

It is rated R for language and graphic violence.

 
Frank
Chris
Linda
Avg.
Ronin
 
B+ 
 
B+ 
A Top Ten pick for 1998

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