When a group of professional criminals is brought together to steal a mysterious case, things don't go quite as they expected, leaving them unsure of who to trust.
A bit of a dad's movie this one. Sometimes a film gathers a cult following because of one sequence, and in the case of Ronin, it's the car chase that's the centre of attention. There are actually three car chases, a little one, a medium-sized one and a big one to finish with - it's the big one that's the best, a tremendous sequence of high speed auto-destruction through the streets of Paris.
And as for the rest? A fine, international cast is on display, headed by Robert De Niro. This probably won't be the film he's remembered for, but he does a pretty good job as the wry, capable, worldly Sam. It's all mean and moody, grey and gloomy (even the sunny scenes have a washed-out look); the uncredited David Mamet rewrote J.D. Zeik's script to compelling effect.
The story details get a little fuzzy, making this a good film for rewatching - it's that riveting Parisian chase that'll stick in your mind. It was probably the best work from John Frankenheimer since the 60's. Well, apart from Prophecy, of course. And we never do find out what's inside the case, as everything's centered on the machinations of the thriller plot. Also with: overemphatic music by Elia Cmiral.