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Ronin, 100 best action movies, Jean Reno

Given Frankenheimer's claims in the press notes that his 'intelligent suspense thriller... questions our ethics', you might be forgiven for expecting a superior character study instead of the laughably hackneyed genre fluff it very soon shows itself to be. The French-set plot, about an international group of criminal experts hired by an unknown client to get their hands on a mysterious briefcase, is rambling and uninvolving; the characters are paper-thin stereotypes; the dialogue is clumsy and trite; the use of familiar landmarks an insult to audience intelligence—though not, perhaps, as insulting as the absurd pretensions to some sort of political relevance. As for the title, don't ask. Some critics have applauded the non-digitalised car chases, and yes, it's fun for a while to see them speed through narrow Nice streets and on the Parisian périphérique, though by the third time round, the novelty of old-fashioned set-pieces - which still consist of collisions, explosions and expendable extras - palls. So, too, does De Niro's lazy performance as an ex-CIA strategist, McElhone's rogue brogue, the ugly camerawork, fashionably explicit bloodletting, and everything. Dire.

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John Frankenheimer
Richard Weitz David Mamet, JD Zeik
Natascha McElhone
Jonathan Pryce
Michael Lonsdale
Robert De Niro
Katarina Witt
Sean Bean
Stellan Skarsgård
Jean Réno

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Very underrated 90s action movie.  With De Niro and Jean Reno, and an interesting supporting role from Sean Bean, it's a pretty interesting international thriller/action with a little mystery thrown in.  There are CIA agents, IRA and Russian gangsters, and some of the most amazing car chase scenes I have ever seen.  Absolutely would recommend to anyone who enjoys good action that also has amazing acting from some of the best in the business.  Very surprising a lot of people don't even know about this one.