Leon: The Professional (Besson, 1994)

I hate to say it, but this film doesn’t hold up. It might sound like sacrilege to some, but Leon feels flat, safe, and altogether Hollywood (not that this is bad, just not what I remembered) upon further review. Also, besides Portman’s great performance and Reno’s silent but deadly character arc, the rest of Besson’s world saunters through illogical plot devices too inane for my taste. Still, the shootouts that bookend the picture are impressive, and Portman’s Mathilda walking down the hallway past her murdered father still packs quite a wallop, even if she’s a fascinating presence in a story constantly trying to explain her importance.

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