Car Movie: Ronin (1998)

Car Movie Ronin (1998)

In Ronin, a group of former soldiers and intelligence agents are hired to steal a heavily armored suitcase. The owners’ of the suitcase don’t want to give it up easily, so a plan is made to ambush their convoy on the road. Although the ambush is successful, the group fails in its mission as one their members has a plan of his own. Gregor (Stellan Skarsgård) steals the suitcase and tries to get rid of the rest of the group members. After Sam (Robert De Niro) and Vincent (Jean Reno) go after Gregor to get the suitcase back, it turns out that there are more people who are interested of getting their hands on the suitcase.

Ronin isn’t really a car movie, but cars play such a big part in this movie that it has to be on our list. In Ronin there is a lot of cars and some very nice and long car chase scenes. The chase scenes have great camera angles and luckily there aren’t too many special effects used in the chase scenes. That is except in one scene with an old Mercedes S-Class. There is an excessive amount of tyre smoke, supposed to be coming from the rear tyres, which it clearly isn’t. This looks a bit ridiculous, but maybe we can live with that. Otherwise the car chase scenes are very entertaining and surprisingly long.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård
Cars: BMW M5, Audi S8, Citroen XM, Peugeot 406, Peugeot 605