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Ronin (John Frankenheimer, 1998)

: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

: A ex U.S. CIA agent who's know freelancing to the highest bidder. The highest bidder wants a mysterious package found, and so do equally mysterious Russian and Irish agents.

Review: I enjoyed it for what it was, well done entertainment. I'm not really into crime action films but this one was exceptionally well done. It held my interest and I was into it! I liked the way the film was edited (straight forward without any tricky fancy stuff) that made for good old fashioned story telling. I thought the action sequences were exciting and the first car chase amazing. I'm not really a car chase kind of guy, so the second car chase seemed to me to go on too long, but oh well it was still well done.

Director John Frankenheimer,
is the reason the movie is a cut above your average crime action flick. Frankenheimer made a name for himself directing episodes of the avant garde television anthology drama series, Playhouse 90. Some of the best movies were made for live TV broadcast at this time. Later he went on to a succesful film careare making such movies as The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Gran Prix (1966). Ronin was his last successful film and has good balance between action and narrative and with a mystery too.