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The French Connection meets The Dirty Dozen in this Euro-thriller with a distinctly American flavor. De Niro heads an international crew of covert operatives--former CIA, KGB and IRA personnel dislocated by changing politics, thus the Japanese term ronin, referring to a samurai without a master--to recover a mysterious case for a faceless employer.
The concept is intriguing and the car chases are pure adrenaline, though director Frankenheimer steals about every trick from car-chase master William Friedkin (The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A.), but when the cards are exposed in the end, the film surrenders to cliché and silly excess. The performances by De Niro, Skarsgard, McElhone and Reno are on the mark, it's too bad the script by David Mamet (under the pen name Richard Weisz) can't keep it rolling till the end.