Léon (Jean Reno, Da Vinci Code, Ronin) is a deadly and elusive killer. He lives a routine life, alone in New York with just his plant for company, until the day twelve year-old Mathilde (Nathalie Portman, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, V for Vendetta) rings his doorbell in desperation and so becomes part of his life. Mathilde has just narrowly escaped being murdered along with her parents and baby brother by ruthless, corrupt cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman, Harry Potter, The Dark Night) and his colleagues. Léon reluctantly takes Mathilde under his wing, and the two go on the run. But Mathilde wants revenge, and as she soon discovers, Léon can teach her how to exact it… Also starring Danny Aiello, this is the first UK release of the Director’s Cut on standard def.
Luc Besson (The Fifth Element
) made his American directorial debut with this stylised thriller about a French hit man (Jean Reno) who takes in an American girl (Natalie Portman) being pursued by a corrupt killer cop (Gary Oldman). Oldman is a little more unhinged than he should be, but there is something genuinely irresistible about the story line and the relationship between Reno and Portman. Rather than cave in to the cookie-cutter look and feel of American action pictures, Besson brings a bit of his glossy style from French hits La Femme Nikita
to the production of The Professional
, and the results are refreshing even if the bullets and explosions are awfully familiar.--Tom Keogh
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