From acclaimed director Luc Besson comes the hard-hitting, action-packed thriller, Leon. Gary Oldman plays a corrupt government official whose maniacal greed leads to murder on the streets of New York. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues when he crosses paths with a lone hitman named Leon. Caught in the middle is an orphaned 12-year-old girl, who can't forgive or forget the man who killed her family.
A strange, violent and haunting film
- Leon review by RP
A strange and haunting film set against a background of violence. Leon (played by Jean Reno) is a hit man. When a neighbouring family is killed by a corrupt cop (well, DEA agent + colleagues) played by a scary and over-the-top Gary Oldman, Leon looks after the only survivor, Mathilda (a remarkable performance from a then 12 year old Natalie Portman). She wants to get revenge on the killers and persuades Leon to teach her his trade. When she confronts the baddies she is easily taken, Leon comes to the rescue, kills all before him – then takes his own life along with the boss baddie. Err, that's it. But what makes the film is the characterisation, and the changing of Leon from a lone emotional cripple to someone who takes on the responsibility of a young girl and begins to care. And caring can be dangerous when you're a hit man. Highly recommended. 5/5 stars.
Natalie Portman's performance is brilliant, her character is endearing. Jean Russo and Gary Oldman also portray their roles well. But it is the direction, photography of New York and the soundtrack that makes this film one of my favourites. It is violent, and a little over the top at times, but on balance a lovable film, about people trying to get on in the Big Apple.