Ronin (1998)

Rating: ****
Release Date: 9/25/98
Director: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce, Katarina Witt

Here's a straight forward caper film about a team of mercenaries who are hired to steal a metal case from some important people. Unfortunately for everyone involved, numerous double-crossings make the entire second half of the film a game of who's screwing who spruced up with some fantastic action set pieces. The cast is very strong and De Niro and Reno have great chemistry, but the real selling point of the film is the spectacular car chases. Oh my god. Not since the 1970's has the silver screen seen this kind of out-of-control vehicular action. Jaw dropping and stunning in every sense. My only complaint is that the film seems about a half hour too long.