Learning from Movies: Ronin

Posted on February 28, 2011


This 1998 espionage thriller from John Frankenheimer can teach us all a few things about living.

  • Never walk into a place that you don’t know how to get out of.
  • Management would not offer you a cigarette.
  • Worry about saving your skin. It covers your body.
  • Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. That’s the first thing they teach you.
  • I don’t remember. That’s the second thing they teach you.
  • Good reflexes die hard.
  • Everybody wants to go to the party, no one wants to stay and clean up.
  • Be who you want to look like.
  • All good things come to those who wait – for the right person in the right place.
  • Either you’re part of the problem or you’re part of the solution or you’re just part of the landscape.
  • Sometimes, sitting and waiting is doing something.
  • Everyone’s your brother until the rent comes due.
  • No questions. No answers. You just accept it and move on. That’s lesson number three.

Now all you need is a mysterious femme fatale who looks like Natasha McElhone, a couple of shoot-outs, a traitorous German ex-KGB agent, and a wicked car chase.

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