Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Leon
France, 1994. Gaumont, Les Films du Dauphin. Screenplay by Luc Besson. Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast. Produced by Patrice Ledoux. Music by Eric Serra. Production Design by Dan Weil. Costume Design by Magali Guidasci. Film Editing by Sylvie Landra.
Sort-of sequel to La Femme Nikita has director Luc Besson giving us more info on the character of Leon, the cleaner that Jean Reno played in that popular action film. This time, Leon lives in the United States, and ends up helping protect a young girl (a startling debut from Natalie Portman) from the dangerous mobsters whose criminal activity she witnesses. Not having a single friend in the world, the abused little girl attaches herself to this aloof, unappealing character, and he in turn can’t help but grow fond of her. It’s like Gloria with really big guns, and it’s an excellent action drama.