Throwback Thursday: Leon: The Professional
Léon: The Professional was a pretty rad movie that came out in 1994 from director Luc Besson. Even if you don’t immediately recognize Besson I guarantee that you’ve seen some of his stuff before. Just the list of directed movies he’s done includes: The Fifth Element, Nikita, and the new Scarlett Johansson movie Lucy. He also wrote in some capacity for the Transporter series, the Taken series, and District 13. This jam stars Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and a young Natalie Portman. If you have yet to see it, I suggest you get on it.
Plot: Mathilda, a twelve-year old New York girl, is living an undesirable life among her half-family. Her father stores drugs for two-faced cop Norman Stansfield. Only her little brother keeps Mathilda from breaking apart. One day, Stansfield and his team take cruel revenge on her father for stretching the drugs a little, thus killing the whole family. Only Mathilda, who was out shopping, survives by finding shelter in Léon’s apartment in the moment of highest need. Soon, she finds out about the strange neighbour’s unusual profession – killing – and desperately seeks his help in taking revenge for her little brother. Léon, who is completely unexperienced in fatherly tasks, and in friendships, does his best to keep Mathilda out of trouble – unsuccessfully. Now, the conflict between a killer, who slowly discovers his abilities to live, to feel, to love and a corrupt police officer, who does anything in his might to get rid of an eye witness, arises to unmeasurable proportions – all for the sake of a little twelve-year old girl, who has nearly nothing to lose.