Every other week Jack Reda, The Script Doctor, tells the powers
that be in Hollywood why they should listen to him. You decide
if he's right.
How is it that a movie with lengthy car chases, guns blazing, Euro-trash bad
guys and Robert De Niro can still only be mediocre overall? Ronin had
enough talent involved that someone should have been able to suggest a few
things to make it more interesting. That's where I come in.
Sean Bean. He's great at playing the whiny untrustworthy guy, but he
was wasted. After Bean panics at the first tense exchange, the group drops
him and he's never seen again. He wouldn't have been part of the team
initially if he didn't have at least some skills as a mercenary.
And he knows that whatever they are after is worth a lot of money to a lot
of people. You think a guy like him would just give up and go back to
England? No way. He would try to interfere and steal the merchandise at a
critical point in the film (more on that below).
Jean Reno. The affable Frenchman should not have survived. You already
let Natascha McElhone get away when De Niro reveals he is still actively
working for the CIA. It isn't good storytelling to have Reno survive as
well. The end scene with Reno and De Niro standing around like old chums
was goofy and out of place. De Niro's character was the Ronin
concept, and he should have been alone at the end. It would have been
better to have Sean Bean show up and shoot Reno in order to steal the
Ice-Skate Box. Since we never get to see what was supposed to really be
in the box, I think the filmmakers missed a great opportunity to have
someone open the box and find: ice-skates. That someone should have been
Sean Bean. He gets away with the box only to find out that he got the wrong
Car Chases. The film has a couple of car chases, nearly identical. They should
have had the second one get really messy, hitting pedestrians and even
more property. They could have even used something I have been dying
to see in a car chase: The car is speeding along- suddenly a dog appears
on the street, and a man on the other side. The driver quickly swerves
into the man. He turns to the passenger and says "I can't bring myself
to run over a dog."
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