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Which driving movie excites the senses more - Ronin or The Fast and the Furious? (1 Viewer)

Michael Silla

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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.
 

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). :)
Then there is French Connection and Live and Die in LA also.
 

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.
 

BradyB

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Ronin.

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

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?
 

Todd Terwilliger

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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.
 

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
 

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

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LarryDavenport

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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!!!
 

NickSo

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Gee, an Audi S8 or a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Yeah, there's a tough decision.
Umm... im guessing you chose the S8...?
Anyways, Ronin... Sure F&F had some fast souped up cars, but i myself kinda HATE drag racing and all those souped up tuner cars.
 

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