Leon: The Professional (1994) 4.14/5 (5)
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Rating: The Good – 86.2
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Duration: 110 mins
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman

Jean Reno plays the social recluse/stone cold hit man who cleans up for the mob whenever they need something done right. Natalie Portman, in her feature debut, plays the young girl who he takes in after her family are killed by the utterly deranged Gary Oldman and his corrupt DEA unit. Along with Grosse Pointe Blank, Leon is perhaps the most satisfying film to deal with subject matter of the hit man. Though there are many lighthearted moments to Leon they are counter-weighted with scenes of reasonably powerful emotion and stark violence. Besson brings his unique brand of cool to the film as he crafts one sensational action sequence after another culminating in a spectacularly conceived shoot-out. Rarely do you get so many great performances in one film either but Reno, Portman, and Oldman are all sublime with Oldman’s drug-fuelled, Beethoven-obsessed madman ranking as one of the all time great movie villains.

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