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Leon - The Professional

Leon - The Professional
Jean Reno, Natalie Pobiman, Danny Aiello and Gary Oldman

Rated: R  for language and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: November 18, 1994 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Jean Reno stars as Leon, a hit man for a New York Mafia boss (Danny Aiello).

Leon's a real loner with an orderly life directed toward his work. He allows himself one attachment, a plant that he faithfully puts on his apartment ledge for air. His life changes drastically when Matilda (Natalie Pobiman), a 12-year-old neighbor, seeks refuge in his apartment after her family is killed in a drug massacre.

Matilda makes a deal with Leon that she'll clean and shop for him in return for him teaching her the tricks of his trade so she can go after the men who killed her family. But, while Leon's teaching her, the unlikely pair begin to really care about one another and the added emotion takes the edge off Leon and he gets a little sloppy in his work.

Reno is very good at expressing himself with few words. He's a very believable robot-like assassin. The young Pobiman is remarkable. She's poised one minute and childlike the next. Only Gary Oldman, who plays a whacked-out corrupt DEA agent, wildly overacts. He exchanges rolling his eyes and strange mannerisms for good acting.

The Professional has a unique plot with quirky, interesting characters. It's a violent and tense thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat

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