Which driving movie excites the senses more - Ronin or The Fast and the Furious?

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  1. Michael Silla

    Michael Silla Second Unit

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    I spent this past weekend dusting off "Ronin." It used to be that if I wanted to see some "fine drivin'" I'd play this disc over and over. Now I find myself suddenly beholden to that "Johnny-come-lately" disc, the Fast and the Furious.

    I realize that the type of driver featured in Ronin is sooooo much more talented than the "rice-boy" stereotype seen in the Fast and the Furious. I also realize that the cars are so much more....how you say...SOPHISTICATED in Ronin. Ronin is by far a better picture with quality actors and actresses and an actual coherent plot to follow. It's a much more interesting film in that sense, no?.

    So how come I can't stop watching the Fast and the Furious?. Jeez, I can't stop groaning at the waaay bad acting (I'm sorry, but Paul Walker just doesn't cut it) and paper thin plot yet here I am watching this film for the umpteenth time.

    Maybe it's the music, maybe the it's cars, maybe it's the women........

    Michael.
     
  2. Seth Paxton

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    Go rent The Seven-Ups.
    Not flashy and modern, but there is some realism in a key chase that might distract you from FnF long enough to go back to Ronin later (which is an awesome chase). [​IMG]
    Then there is French Connection and Live and Die in LA also.
     
  3. Josh_Hill

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    Ronin
     
  4. Justin T

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    Ronin.
     
  5. Rob_C

    Rob_C Stunt Coordinator

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    Ronin. Fast and the Furious was a really bad movie.
     
  6. SteveGon

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    Ronin. No CGI there...
     
  7. DonRoeber

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    Given the choices, Ronin. But if I want to see some great driving, I put in the origional Gone in 60 Seconds.
     
  8. BradyB

    BradyB Stunt Coordinator

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    Ronin.

    Though Fast and the Furious has some nice cars, the movie is quite boring.
     
  9. Todd Terwilliger

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    For me, it's Ronin easy. To Live & Die in L.A. is also good. Is that one out on DVD?
     
  10. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

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    To live and die in LA is unfortunately not out on DVD. But I kept seeing release rumours on the board last year, saying 2002 or 2003. Does anybody have any hard facts?
     
  11. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

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    It's an absolute shame that To Live & Die isn't on DVD. I had forgotten about it until I read this thread but it is one of my absolute favorites from back in the day.
     
  12. Kami

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    Ronin for me. I'll take nice fast european cars over ricers any day.
     
  13. Bruce Hedtke

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    Ronin. Simply because the chase scene drove the film (pardon the pun). It showed the difference between a great film...and a bad film. TF&TF was simply a showcase of cool cars and fast driving...and oh, yeah, some story about some dudes swiping stuff and a cop tryin' to bust 'em, dude. Beyond the cars and women, Fast and Furious had nothing. Ronin's car chase was "filler" material-as in, the story, the characters, the plot were all great-plus, there was an incredible car chase.

    Bruce
     
  14. mark_d

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    Talking about exciting the senses, they both work for me, but in differing ways. I was stunned by Ronin's chase sequences, and there are a couple of real wince-worthy moments (a very good thing).

    As for TFATF, I love the over stylised race first race sequence, just a great pumped up moment in the movie. Edge of the seat stuff for me - and even though I prefer European thoroughbreds, I'm quite partial to Jap tech.

    Both get the thumbs up from me.

    Mark

    Movie Slob
     
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    Find a copy of Rendezvous by Claude Lelouche. It is less than 15 minutes long but is absolutely the best car scene in all of film!!!
     
  17. todd stone

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    fast and furious for me
     
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    Ronin [​IMG]
    Fast and the Furious [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  19. Justin Doring

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    Gee, an Audi S8 or a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Yeah, there's a tough decision.
     
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