Luc Besson, the acclaimed French writer and director (The Fifth Element), directed his best film in 1994. It had the name of Léon: The Professional, and stared Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman.
Léon (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman, the top hitman in New York, infact, who through many tasks has earned the title of a “cleaner” with the people around the city. One day, Léon’s neighbors are killed and “cleansed” of by a DEA agent who has lost his marbles (Gary Oldman). When Léon is left with the task of taking care of Mathilda (Natalie Portman), the 12-year-old daughter of the neighbors, Mathilda soon begins toying with the notion of following Léon in his footsteps.
Best Aspects: Good writing, good directing, great acting and a very sound plot.
Bottom Line: A. A straight-up good movie.