The Professional (Le Professionnel) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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The mysterious Léon (Jean Reno) is New York's top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Léon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). But Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge. From the electrifying opening to the fatal finale, THE PROFESSIONAL is a nonstop crescendo of action and suspense.
Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) made his American directorial debut with Leon, a stylised thriller about a French hit man (Jean Reno) who takes in an American girl (Natalie Portman) being pursued by a corrupt killer cop (Gary Oldman). Oldman is a little more unhinged than he should be, but there is something genuinely irresistible about the story line and the relationship between Reno and Portman. Rather than cave in to the cookie-cutter look and feel of American action pictures, Besson brings a bit of his glossy style from French hits La Femme Nikita and Subway to the production of The Professional, and the results are refreshing even if the bullets and explosions are awfully familiar.--Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Behind all of the dense make up and bad script and horribly non-existent directing from George Lucas in Phantom Menace, I sensed in Natalie Portman one heck of a terrific young actress struggling to come up with a meaningful performance. In "Leon - The Professional", working with a superb director, her acting talent is on full display.
When one thinks of modern day child actors, Anna Paquin comes to mind, in "The Piano", because she aced out some terrific adult actresses in 1993 to win the Oscar. Well, Natalie Portman, at age 12, had Anna Paquin beat by a mile in this movie, since her character takes up about half of the movie. If not for the truly unusual and off-beat story line of this movie, Portman would have gotten a lot more attention for her role in this movie, I think.
If you just focus on Portman's facial expressions and the way she carries herself in this movie, she goes through an amazing acting range in this movie, from hurt, terrified, bored, stuck up, cool and calculating, manipulative, sweet, child-like, and pubescent sexual allure.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the uncut version restores scenes that basically give a harder edge to Natalie Portman's character. The additional scenes of her assassin training with Leon and her efforts to attract and get closer to Leon definitely put her character in a harsher light. I remember from my first viewing of the cut U.S.Read more ›
...It's just a vortex of beautiful destruction. All these things crammed into one amazing film. A remarkable cast giving remarkable performances, and a very visual director shoving this seething powerhouse of a film right in our faces...
Like I said, there's nothing I can say. So, just believe me when I tell you that this is a very great film.
The first English language thriller 'LÉON' from Luc Besson, the director of 'NIKITA.' Gary Oldman plays Norman Stansfield, a psychotic government official whose actions provide the catalyst for murder on the New York streets. When a young girl named Mathilda [Natalie Portman] witnesses her family being gunned down by Gary Oldman's team of corrupt cops, she teams up with lone hit man Leone "Léon" Montana [Jean Reno] to take revenge. Natalie Portman made her film debut with this film.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1995 Czech Lion: Won: Best Foreign Language Film. Golden Reel Award: Won: Best Sound Editing for a Foreign Feature. 1995 César Awards: Nominated: Best Film, Best Actor for Jean Reno. Nominated: Best Director for Luc Besson. Nominated: Best Music for Éric Serra. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Thierry Arbogast. Nominated: Best Editing for Sylvie Landra. Nominated: Best Sound. Norman Stansfield [Gary Oldman] has since been named by several publications as one of cinema's greatest villains.
Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Willi One Blood, Don Creech, Keith A. Glascoe, Randolph Scott, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Elizabeth Regen, Carl J.Read more ›
some demented marriage of a sincere Disney film about a 12 year old girl looking for a father (or, in an intentionally disquieting French
twist, a lover), with the over the top darkness of David Lynch, or Kubrick in his "Dr. Strangelove" mode, and some John Woo action
thrown in for good measure.
Sound weird? Well, it is, and there are some huge logic jumps and gaping plot holes. But the film disarms those potential problems by
never pretending to be the world as we know it, but creating a heightened, strange, through- the-looking-glass reality where hit men
are sweet softies at heart, and New York cops are not only corrupt but openly bat-sh@t insane, gunning down whomever gets in their
way with gleeful abandon.
Gary Oldman goes way, way over the top as the baddie, and is a blast in the process. Jean Reno creates some real pathos in his sad faced,
killer, who is so alone that he's almost child-like in his having to learn to relate to another human, and Natalie Portman gives a shockingly
complex performance for an actress so young, playing so tricky a role. A film I could understand someone hating if they didn't get into
Besson's decidedly off-beat vibe, but if you go with it, it's that rarest of film creatures, something unique.
The blu-ray looks great provides both the theatrical and extended director's cut and has some solid bonus features besides.
Most recent customer reviews
Gary Oldman delivers "big time"in this cleverly scripted drama.All other actors are excellent as well.Well worth adding to anyones movie collection.
just a great all round movie
allways liked jean reno
also was in godzilla with broderick
now i own it
Excellent movie, amazing classic! Jean Reno as it's best!Published 8 months ago by Patrick Roy Lapratte
I was a little hesitant of buying a DVD from a Thailand supplier but I could not be happier with the end result. Read morePublished 10 months ago by George J. Shaw
FIRST...I'M A MOVIE [ BUFF ]...I LOVE MY MOVIES...ESPECIALLY THE CLASSICS...EVEN THOUGH I HAVE THE LIBERTY...TO WATCH JUST ABOUT ANY MOVIE IN THE WORLD...ON THE NET... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Reginald Chislett Sr.
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