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Leon: The Professional
If you want a job done well, hire a professional.
Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon's footsteps.
My favorite film by Luc Besson!
Character driven film that delivers a disturbing coming of age story combined with the stylish action and thrills we've come to expect from a Luc Besson film!
Leon (Jean Reno) the reclusive immigrant, with an innocent childlike nature when he is not on the job as a professional cleaner! He's a loner, leads a simple life, always on the move, deals more in death than life!
Jean Reno's performance was so genuine, so subtle, so well done that we could buy into the premise of the film without batting an eye!
Mathilda (Natalie Portman) an abused and neglected streetwise 12 year old girl whom loses everything and has no where to turn and finds…
This is, by some comfortable margin, Luc Besson’s best film. From the very start with his debut feature, The Last Battle, Besson demonstrated a strong visual sense but it is safe to say that both script and performances have often been a little lacking. Leon was the first and only time that his movies have excelled in all three departments. For the odd few who have yet to see the film it is about a friendship between a hitman (the Leon of the title) and a 12 year old girl whose parents were killed by a corrupt police officer.
Besson has a fascination with hired killers whether it is as a director (Nikita) or producer (Columbiana) and the one element…
For a short while, back in the early 90s, I think Léon was my favourite film of all time. I still think it's really rather splendid, too.
As I've mentioned before about some films that I love, there are some where you can well imagine why they might get on the tits of some people. Léon is definitely one of those films. It is an absolutely bonkers and sometimes completely unbelievable action and crime thriller with a central relationship that nudges unnervingly towards the disturbing for most of its second half, and containing a performance from Gary Oldman that is so unpredictably unhinged that you could easily genuinely worry for the safety of Natalie Portman during their showdown in the…
I'm going to keep this as simple as possible. Okay.
GREATEST FRIGGIN THING I HAVE WATCHED. Okay.
I am in love with this movie, the connection between the characters blew me away, this is a masterpiece!
Natalie Portman and Jean Reno playing dress up! LOVE.
Bathtub kill for the win!
Epic, brilliant, genuine, my favorite.
Film #47 of Project 90
”Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?”
Leon is not a flawless films. There are plot holes everywhere, the dialogues are sometimes quite messy and the film is not sure what to do with its characters in the middle part. But honestly, who cares?! Luc Besson’s heart-stopping and highly stylish direction compensates for all those faults. Add to that a pretty bizarre and poetic relationship between the main characters, Gary Oldman’s psychotic and unforgettable villain, a classy score and some well-crafted action scenes. There you go. You have one of the most affecting actions of 90s.
At the center of the film we have the relationship between these two…
"I haven't got time FOR THIS MICKEY MOUSE BULLSHIT!"
From that opening shot, swooping down through the skyline of New York, whilst avoiding a lot of the tourist-y, cliched establishing shots, you can guess that this film is going to be nothing less than amazing.
And you'd be right.
You've got three excellent, although completely different, central performances ranging from Jean Reno's understated, almost mute, titular hitman who when not on the job, reverts back to a more innocent, almost childlike state. Then there's Natalie Portman's Matilda, who's the source of the majority of the movie's most disturbing moments. And of course Gary Oldman's pill-popping, deranged, unhinged corrupt DEA agent. All of which help to make this film something unique,…
A great film that is fun to watch with a very unorthodox relationship at its core. Strangely the weakest part of the film is Oldman, who really hams it up as a vaguely corrupt-to-the-bone DEA agent.
Leon a Profi
"I wanna be happy, sleep in a bed, have roots."
it fucked me up and changed my life forever! i love it
Do you think Mathilda preternaturally knows when Transformers is on TV or is it just on most of the time in that universe?
"I asked you to kill the guy, not blow up the fucking building!"
To be fair, Gary Oldman, you already chewed up half the building with your scene-stealing performance.
Perhaps the most charming movie ever made about a hit man, thanks to dim-witted Jean Reno's awkward but innocent relationship with pubescent, streetwise Natalie Portman. Filmed half in New York and half in Paris, the film has a weird vibe that doesn't feel quite authentic, which is accentuated by the strange use of music. It gives the film a offbeat character you don't find in American action films. Gary Oldman's colorful performance just seals the deal. It's a fun movie.
The action's well shot and impressive, Gary Oldman is a blast to watch, and Natalie Portman and Jean Reno also turn in good performances with effective chemistry. But there's just something off with all this. It's like a cupcake made with expired ingredients; it's still sweet, but it's got some other stuff in there that screws with the taste.
Sure, make a movie about an assassin who befriends a teenage girl. Just don't add any weird sex stuff (or at least if you do, treat it seriously instead of letting it linger on the margins). Throughly examine the whole hitman bit (the movie seems to keep Leon's work and domestic lives separate for the majority of the film, and even when it does throw it in at the end, it's more badass in self-defense than a guy hunting down other dudes for money).
Film # 25 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge
Task # 23: A film about an assassin
With some movies, everything is just right. Movies where direction, acting, camera work, music, story and atmosphere are strong and all work together to make it an unforgettable movie. “Léon”, from the French director Luc Besson, is one of those movies.
First the casting is very good. Jean Reno plays the role of Léon so well. Very modest. Léon is a cold blooded hitman who is forced to open his heart to the twelve year old Mathilda, when her family is murdered. Mathilda is played by a very young Natalie Portman and her first role is also one of her best.…
last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
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