Leon: the Professional

A 1994 thriller starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman among others, written and directed by Luc Besson.

Leon (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman. Matilda (Natalie Portman in her debut) is a 12 year old living in the same building as Leon. Matilda’s father gets caught in the drug business with corrupt DEA officials knocking him and his entire family out leaving her all alone. Leon tucks her into his house saving her from the police bosses.

Slowly they start jelling with each other, an unusual couple, he a hitman having no social skills and not even knowing how to read and she a smart kid with brains and wanting revenge for the death of her little brother. He teaches her the ropes and she teaches him to read and write. Strange.

It all ends up in a huge bust up with the police knocking down on the doors and several people getting dead and the whole neighbourhood coming down. Jean Reno and Natalie Portman have done good roles for their part, Natalie too good for a 12 year old kid. Good movie to watch for a time pass.

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