Leon: The Professional (DVD)
This beautifully composed film by director Luc Besson stars Jean Reno as the title character, a top-class Italian hitman.
Leon doesn't care about anything or anyone, at least not until he saves Mathilda (Natalie Portman), the little girl next door, from corrupt policemen.
Mathilda then makes a deal with Leon. In return for her teaching him how to read and write, Leon must teach her the skills of a hitman so she can avenge her murdered family.
This film portrays brilliantly how human connections and care can change even the worst of humanity. The change is accurately shown through Leon's actions, as he becomes less concerned about himself when the safety of young Mathilda is on the line. Not only does she teach him how to read and write, she also teaches him how to love.
Sadly the storyline itself isn't all that great. Apart from the opening scene, the film is quite slow-paced with little action. This isn't really what you expect from a film about a professional killer. Having said that, the few action scenes are brilliant: fast, breathtaking minutes which are guaranteed to send audiences to the edge of their seats.
Contains violence and mature subject matter