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

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Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,697,641 (USA) (25 September 1998)

Gross:

$41,609,593 (USA) (12 February 1999)
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The figure skater, Natacha Kirilova, is announced as having won two Olympic and three world championships. She's played by Katarina Witt, winner of two Olympic and four world championships in figure skating. See more »

Goofs

When Gregor is standing in the pub looking for the two Russians near the arena, he looks through a camera to spot them. When we look through his lens, we first see them from below the viewpoint & far away. Then we see them again, through the lens above the viewpoint and closer, as if Gregor has changed positions and is now below the Russians. Yet we see that he has not changed locations in the following shot, he is still in the pub. See more »

Quotes

[Spence is walking into a possible ambush]
Vincent: Do you want to back him up?
[Sam shrugs]
Vincent: What would I profit from your death?
Sam: Well, you'd have the money.
Vincent: I have the money already.
[pause]
Vincent: [nods] I'll watch the back.
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References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variation 18
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of BMG Classics/RCA Victor
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Great action movie, Hollywood should watch and learn from this
24 September 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Every once in a rare while comes an action movie that is also a genuinely good film. This is one of those movies. What makes these uncommon movies what they are is simple: plot. No movie can compromise that and in recent years Hollywood has been doing just that to show off it's million dollar special effects and two cent story lines. This film has both pulse pounding breakneck action scenes and developed and interesting story.

The story starts when mercenaries are hired to retrieve a secret silver briefcase with mysterious contents. The mission goes awry with betrayal and we soon find out that everyone has their own motives and goals with the mysterious silver case.

The cast is good and the direction is smooth and keeps the story flowing and it'll keep you guessing right up to the very end about just exactly what is going on and who everyone is. Then, there are the car chases and they are awesome. Truly awesome and even legendary by now. Just like classics like 'Bullitt' and 'The French Connection' and goofy camp films of the seventies (like the original 'Gone in 60 Seconds') this film uses no hyper-crazy CGI in its action scenes and that proves all for the better since it is an action movie, but it cannot lose all it's credibility for the sake of some cars crashing. A thrill needs to be at least partly believable, otherwise it won't be thrilling. In fact the whole film has a more realistic feel to it with the relentlessness of the action being not over the top, but still enjoyable for fans of the genre. Then there are the characters who much more real as they don't snap wise cracks while shooting bad guys square in the head one handed with a pistol at 30 yards.

All in all, this is a very good entry in the action genre and Hollywood should take note. 8/10

Rated R for violence


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