Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie Moments: #85

Ronin (1998)

Robert De Niro + a tight script + one of the best car chases in film + a lot of action = a very watchable movie. 

A young Irish woman recruits a team of mercenaries to steal a suitcase from a man preparing to sell it to the Russians. Double crosses and triple crosses have fatal results.

Sam:  Either you're part of the problem or you're part of the solution or you're just part of the landscape.

The coffee cup ambush:

Ronin is the term used for samurai who have no master and whose motivations are largely based on money and survival instead of honour and duty. Many of the characters in the film are unemployed agents set adrift by the end of the Cold War.

As in Pulp Fiction, the suitcase is a MacGuffin, an item that drives the story forward, but without the viewers ever finding out what was in either suitcase.

The chase through the Paris tunnel is not the tunnel in which Lady Diana was killed.

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