The Professional (Leon) (1994)

LUC BESSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1994.  Gaumont, Les Films du Dauphin.  Screenplay by Luc Besson.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in The Professional.

Sort-of sequel to La Femme Nikita has director Luc Besson giving us more info on the character of Leon, the cleaner that  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 ) 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.

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