Details from IMDB:

Ronin (1998)

| | ActionAdventureCrime | 25 September 1998 (USA)
7.3/10

154,431

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

J.D. Zeik (story), J.D. Zeik (screenplay) |1 more credit »

Initial Thoughts:
This movie was recommended to me by a friend. He said it was a good spy movie with some amazing car chases. I’m a sucker for both and I always enjoy (older) Robert De Niro movies, so I was in.
Main Points:
As usual I won’t get into the plot, it has a lot of twists and turns and even thought it’s 20 years old, I won’t spoil it. I found myself drawn in quickly. The historical definition of “Ronin” seems out of place for the movie but does eventually play a small role. The acting was good all around and for a change Sean Bean’s character didn’t die! De Niro and Jean Reno quickly take on the most important roles and they are fun to watch together.
The car chases (which back then weren’t CGI) are incredible and there are several. Good action and effects but I found the story to be rather convoluted as it wore on. Also at over two hours, it is a little long for a spy thriller.
Final Thoughts:
I give it 7.5 out of 10 for the above reasons. Plenty of violence and coarse language, so please don’t let your kids watch it, ages 17+. I do recommend it for anyone who is fan of spy movies, be prepared, however for a disappointing ending. I found the end left too many unanswered questions and is at least a little depressing. Until next time (which will finally be a book review).