"Action with intelligence, the definitive Hitman film."
For some reason some of Luc Besson's films have been butchered for U.K. & U.S. release, but thankfully Britain got 'Leon', the longer European edit. Even if you can't get your hands on it, you have to at least pick up the American version, as this film deserves to be seen be all fans of Cinema. It is Bessons masterpiece.Reno exactly reprises his earlier role in 'Nikita', as Leon, the hitman with a heart. Although at first hesitant about letting anyone into his life who may destract him from his job, when Mathilda's (Portman) family are taken out by bent cops (lead by Oldman) he reluctantly takes her under his wing.
This leads to a magnificent story of revenge, love, and growing up. Bessons triumph is to give each character a human edge. Through Leon's love for his plant and old movies we see another side to the icy cool 'cleaner' (as he refers to himself), and through the relationship that he and Mathilda form we get telling insights into the nature of loneliness.
The exploitative relationship between Leon and his boss (Aiello) is telling as well, and this all this extra detail serves to draw you into Leon's life. By the end of this film you really care for him - he seems a real human being (who just happens to have super human prowess).
Oldman manages to pull off a remarkable performance, by keeping himself just the right side of caricature. The score captures the mood perfectly, and the direction has just the right mixture of grittiness and humanity.
The set pieces are quite frankly amazing. Watching this film might just persuade you that guns are cool. Seeing this film again recently at the Cinema for the first time, I was blown away by them. I can heartily recommend buying a home cinema screen simply to watch this (I'm saving up already).Yes this is an action movie, but the depth and storyline elevate to the top of its genre. You will never forget this film; don't let it be ignored any longer.