Léon: The Professional (♦♦♦)

Leon (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman, who lives next door to twelve year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman) and her dysfunctional family. When a rogue D.E.A. officer (Gary Oldman) executes Mathilda’s family over drugs, she has no one to turn to but Leon. Thus, Leon unwillingly takes care of Mathilda and trains her to become a “cleaner” as he is, for she is intent on seeking justice for her dead little brother.

There are great performances by Jean Reno and Nathalie Portman in her debut role, but I think the movie lacks something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe is emotions. Leon seems credible as a hitman but not as caring father.

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