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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…
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,…
i sure love Gary Oldman in this. other than that i think it's mostly just dull. but what always starts to gnaw on me every time i try this again is all the corny affectation: Leon's thing for milk, his gawk-eyed awe at SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (calm down, i love it too, but it's cheap shorthand here) or Danny Aiello's cardboard goombah, or the domestic montage set to Bjork. comparisons to something like Melville don't hold up; none of these characters has any actual inner life. Leon's childlike presentation seems like a cop out to avoid any hint of desire, to nullify any general queasiness you might have about their plainly taboo relationship. when any authority figure in the…
Great movie. Lots of heart.
The Professional, One of the definitive action movies. With a young Natalie Portman. Many other, well three other rising stars. Jean Reno, Gary OldMan and Danny Aiello. Very well done movie, action scenes well coordinated and smart action. With a great story line.
Resulta que, dejando de lado Black Swan y, un peldaño por debajo, Garden State, los mejores papeles de Natalie Portman son haciendo de "Lolita", esto es, aquí y en Beautiful Girls. Con 13 y 15 años respectivamente. Lo que a mí no deja de fliparme.
Besson ofrece en Léon un relato crudo y violento, rebosante de acción, que contrasta con la inocencia que desprende la pareja protagonista, cada uno a su manera. Porque sí, Reno es un profesional en lo suyo, pero encierra dentro de sí tanta sensibilidad como Portman.
Una propuesta original, que se sale de los cánones típicos del buddy film, en la que Gary Oldman tampoco desentona. La única pega, que puede pecar de previsible.
Ya lo cantaban los Alt-J: "This is from Matilda".
Fantastic film that serves as a great commentary on lost innocence in modern youth...also Gary Oldman!
An emotional journey. It gets to me every time.
Watched this film for the 4th time today however I hadn't watch it for 2 years. I'm glad to say that my love for this film hasn't lessened. One of my favourite film ever!
A young girl finds a friend in a professional hitman after her family is murdered by corrupt police. She is soon learning his trade from him as he performs his hits, she with revenge on her mind. Excellent acting for first-time performer Natalie Portman, who of course went on to great heights. And Jean Reno is awesome as the hitman who is unsure about what to do with his new young charge. Gary Oldman oozes evil as the lead, corrupt cop. Excellent movie, highly recommended.
Una peli irregular. Empieza bastante bien, y tiene algunas escenas destacables (los dos tiroteos iniciales), pero acaba desinflándose y convirtiéndose en una sensiblería importante. Lo mejor de la película sin duda Natalie Portman, que con solo 12 años ya deslumbraba en pantalla. Jean Reno también está bastante bien en la piel de asesino frío y sin escrúpulos. La peli en general se deja ver, pero acabas con una sensación de gran decepción por lo que podría haber sido y por lo que acaba siendo.
I love this movie.
last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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