Saturday, September 15, 2007
Leon: The Professional
OK, I have been watching these Jean Reno movies. I guess I heard somewhere that he was a terrific actor. Some of them, I don't know, but Leon is pretty good. He's a disciplined, dedicated assassin. Well, he works for a mafia don, so he's a bad guy, but he's a bad guy with principle and a good heart. When his neighbor is gunned down by his drug dealer business partners, the daughter, Mathilda, comes to Leon for help. Of course, they want her dead, too, so they come after her and now she and Leon.
But wait! It gets better! Mathilda discovers that the drug dealer parent killers were undercover DEA agents. Now she really wants revenge! She gets Leon to teach her his ways. (He calls himself a "cleaner.") Mathilda is played by 13-year-old Natalie Portman; she steals the show from Reno.
This is a fun movie, especially enjoyable if you think the War on Drugs is a travesty. You'll be rooting for Leon and you'll love the justice rendered at the end! Bottom line, a hearty three stars.