Ronin ★★★★

This is some supremely well-crafted genre work. I'm repeating Matt Lynch from on here but he's right this is like prime Melville—Le Samourai crossed with Army of Shadows. The thriller/ chase second half gets away from this for a bit and things suffer for it but then Michael Lonsdale makes an appearance so its not all bad news.

De Niro is fantastic in this. His performance here is an interesting contrast to his work in Heat—one like a lonely wolf that hunts and wants to connect but only knows how to be lonely (Heat) and this, a man closed off to anything outside process and fulfilling a role.

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