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(Review originally written at 3 December 2004)

The story is filled with way too many twists and back stabbing characters. In a way it brings down the movie's entertainment value.

"Ronin" is filled with some famous actors like; Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce. They all do a good job and they can't help it that the movie is at times unlikely and hard to follow. The many plot-holes, twists and unanswered questions don't really make this a pleasant movie to watch over and over again. It's hard to tell in the movie who really is who and who is working for who. The fact that the movie doesn't really bother to explain anything makes it even harder and unpleasant to follow.

The action on the other hand is worth watching over and over again. The movie has some nicely filmed shoot outs and some really amazing car chases. "Ronin" really beats modern 'cool' movies like "The Fast and the Furious" on that front.

Final conclusion is; director John Frankenheimer did a good job, writer J.D. Zeik and script doctor David Mamet did not.

6/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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