Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
After her father, mother, older sister and little brother are killed by her father's employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer is forced to take refuge in the apartment of a professional hitman who at her request teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge on the corrupt DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her beloved brother. Written by
J. S. Golden
Luc Besson's movie Léon (The Professional) gives us an intense story
which is maximized in potential by the casting of the movie done by Todd
Thaler. Every aspect of the movie delivers to the audience and makes an
impressive overall package. Jean Reno plays a character named Léon who
learned to repress his emotions in order to perform his job as a
or hit-man. His secluded world is shattered by the young girl named
Mathilda who lives on the same floor as he does in an apartment building.
When she turns to him for help, he learns about living a normal life, even
if the circumstances which unite them are far from normal.
The performance delivered by then twelve-year old Natalie Portman as
Mathilda is nothing short of brilliant. Her ability to relate to others
with body movement and facial gestures is matched by few, she really
raw emotion and believability to a difficult role. Mathilda and Léon are
unexpectedly thrown together, but learn to value life from their chance
encounter, and how valuable a friendship can be.
Jean Reno as Léon gives us a solemn and calculated character who sets
all of his energy on his assignments until her is given something else to
care about. Mathilda gives him the daughter that he never had, while Léon
serves as a father and friend to her. Gary Oldman, as the corrupt DEA
Norman Stansfield, offers the viewers an amazingly wired and electrical
performance which pushes the envelope. He moves the story along by his
actions. Oldman offers us a memorable portrait of a sadistically obsessed
man who stops short of nothing to get what he wants.
The Professional is what movie-making is all about. Without the
overuse of special effects, a large shooting location, or a commercially
star studded cast, we are given all that could possibly be asked for in a
movie. Portman, Oldman, and Reno, along with Danny Aiello as the
hit-contractor Tony remind us that there is no substitute for great
There are elements of comedy, drama, and action, and great original music
Eric Serra adds to the energy the film already encapsulates. The most
impressive thing about the movie is its story which is basic but is
maximized by all the other elements which go into the making of the movie.
Simply put, an intense and impressive movie.
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