A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Loyalty, hard work, and teamwork are all on display. But these usually occur under questionable circumstances and are motivated by financial reward.
Positive Role Models
The main characters -- a group of mercenaries -- are meticulous in their approach to their work and are highly skilled at their jobs. They also work well together. However, they are soldiers of fortune and as such are not concerned with the legality of their work.
Different nationalities represented among the main cast, many of whom are heard speaking their own (and other) languages. Some actors portray different nationalities to their own. Very little ethnic diversity or gender balance.
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Violence & Scariness
Mercenaries discuss and handle firearms and explosives. Shootouts featuring pistols, semi-automatic rifles, military-grade artillery, and explosives. Characters shot and killed. Character briefly discusses dismemberment. Bloody gunshot wound sterilized with alcohol. Bullet removed from a wound using improvised methods.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Women shown in underwear, man shown shirtless.
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Language used includes "f--k," "f---ing," "f--ked," "s--t," and "shite."
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Products & Purchases
Characters are former soldiers or intelligence agents for hire. Handle large sums of cash as part of their work. They are involved in arms deals, assassinations, and discuss being solely motivated by money.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke socially, in moderation. Alcohol used to sterilize a wound.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ronin is a '90s action thriller about a group of mercenaries with violent scenes and some strong language. Set in France, the group -- which includes characters Sam (Robert De Niro) and Vincent (Jean Reno) -- demonstrate teamwork in their quest to locate a sought-after briefcase. But their line of work and financial motives make them far from positive role models. They also kill without hesitation if they believe that the situation demands it. Though the film features both an international cast and multiple languages being spoken, it lacks ethnic diversity, and has only one woman among the main characters, co-ordinator Deidre (Natascha McElhone). In addition, more than one actor plays a nationality that is note their own, with Irish and Russians being portrayed by non-natives to those countries. Violence is constant and sometimes bloody, including bullet wounds and death. Language is occasional -- prompted by stressful situations -- and includes variants of "f--k." Though consumerism is not glorified, the characters are mercenaries and are preoccupied with money. Some drinking and smoking but always by adults and in moderation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With its European setting, starry international cast, and inner-city gunfights, this 1998 action thriller feels something of a predecessor to the Bourne franchise and the Bond reboot that followed. As such, Ronin has had much of its uniqueness overshadowed by blockbusters from the modern era, but still retains a likable personality of its own. Robert De Niro appears to enjoy wise-cracking his way through the script as former CIA operative Sam, dialing up the drama for various set pieces when necessary. These include several lengthy car chases that were unanimously praised upon the movie's release.
Where Ronin is less engaging is its muddled plot, with endless twists that become knotted and tiring to follow. Eventually, double-crosses become the norm and we wait for the next big-name star to meet an untimely end. Both Natascha McElhone and Jonathan Pryce do their best to sell their Irish antiheroes, too. But these are not castings or accents that would survive action movies' move to better diversity and less clichéd characters. Despite its flaws, the movie does still manage to recall an era where action thrillers were less sullen, and delivered by actors, writers, and directors capable of more serious fare, but who know the value in escapism.
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