|Source of story
||An original screenplay
||J.D. Zeik, David Mamet
||David Mamet was called into doctor the script, particularly to enhance De Niro’s role. The car chases were said to have been carried out at actual speed, using racing drivers.
||Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce
||A group of former special forces guys (the Ronin) are hired by an Irishwoman to recover an aluminium case which is also coveted by the Russians. To do this they must first prove themselves, during which the Englishman is discarded, and then remove a number of carloads of guards before they can get at the man with the prize. But they are not all on the same side, and is the case really the target?
||The guys hole up in a variety of locations. There are a number of fire fights with handguns and automatic weapons and a couple of car chases, one of which, through the streets of Paris, involves many vehicles. Also one chase on foot around a Roman amphitheatre and a visit to an icerink. There is a little bit of romance and some drinking, mostly of wine. No nudity or drugs.
||If you know of David Mamet you get the picture, but the car chases are too long and the romance involving De Niro is not convincing. Also being English and having lived through many IRA bomb alarms (but no actual bombings) I was offended by an aspect of the plot. However not a total waste of time, particularly if watched for nothing.