Written by Goofs Stansfield repeatedly pops a drug capsule into his mouth and reacts instantly, as if he had ingested raw powder through his mouth or nasal passage. » Leon is one of the most emotionally intense movies ever made. There really are none, no commentary really nothing but static files and a trailer. At first, Léon is unsettled by her presence, and considers murdering her, but he eventually trains Mathilda and shows her how to use various weapons. Mathilda often tells Léon she loves him, but he refuses to reciprocate. Her performance was Oscar worthy, but unfortunately, this butchered film barely saw the light of day in the good old U. Outside of his work, however, Lean was almost totally isolated from other humanity, leading a barren and quiet life of sleepless solitude.
You can see that the entire act is almost like a ritual for Stansfield, beginning with his shaking the container to listen to the pills rattle around. The original film that was aired in America was unwatchable. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his and learns the hitman's trade. Many have criticized his now almost forgotten effort as too over the top, to which I say, No way! When he donned the signature sunglasses and went on a job, however, he was as ruthless an assassin as ever terrorized contract victims in New York City. She then becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade to take revenge.
Léon creates a quick escape for Mathilda by smashing a hole in an air shaft; he then reassures her, and tells her that he loves her, moments before the police blow up the apartment. Mathilda's abusive father attracts the ire of corrupt agents, who have been paying him to stash in his apartment. In spite of his questionable occupation, the film audience was immediately pulling for this hit man, and especially after he hooks up with the precocious Mathilda, and his life changed forever. It was commercially successful in Japan, being certified gold for 100,000 copies shipped in December 1999. One day, when Mathilda comes home to find her family has been killed by a drug dealer, she runs to a hitman to ask for help.
The character has since been named by several publications as one of cinema's greatest villains. After almost unbearable tension, Leon opened the door to the desperate woman-child and his life was forever changed. The ironic tragedy of the cut was that the extra footage totally transforms this great film into a magnificent work of art, not the sleazy and inappropriate soft-core porn that it was perceived to be by unsophisticated American test audiences. In 2014, polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films; Léon: The Professional was listed at No. In what is essentially an exercise—a slick urban thriller—it seems to exploit the youth of the girl without really dealing with it.
Later, while Mathilda returns home from grocery shopping, a team sent by Stansfield captures her and attempts to infiltrate Léon's apartment. The music and the sound are excellent and are used in a masterly fashion - you can hear Fatman's heart beating desperately or a low claustrophobic sound when Stansfield turns to look at Mathilda's father. Even at 11-12 years old, she just oozed sensuality and was streetwise beyond her years as she developed her schoolgirl crush on her father figure Leon. One day, Léon meets Mathilda Lando, a lonely 12-year-old girl. Mathilda quickly discovers that Léon is a hitman. In reality, under normal circumstances a gel capsule could not have dissolved instantly in his mouth to allow immediate ingestion of the drug powder contained inside the capsule. The character development between Leon and Mathilda was the very essence of the film and everything is meshed together perfectly in that fateful 25 minutes that were cut from the original film in order to make American audiences more comfortable.
He then opens Léon's vest to find a cluster of active grenades which detonate, killing Stansfield. Besson's first American film boasted a strong performance from Jean Reno, a striking debut by Natalie Portman, and a love-it-or-hate-it, over-the-top turn by Gary Oldman. In exchange, she runs his errands, cleans his apartment, and teaches him how to read. I cannot adequately describe just how good she was in this part considering the subject material. It was all handled tastefully and appropriately and tied together beautifully in the original, uncut version. Oldman expresses most of the film's sadism as well as many of its misguidedly poetic sentiments.
The two made plans to elope, but when the girl's father discovered their relationship, he killed her out of anger and escaped justice. All contents are provided by non-affiliated third parties and contain only links to other sites on the Internet. It is really hard to go wrong with one of the best movies ever filmed. According to Besson, this is the version he wanted to release, but for the fact that the extra scenes tested poorly with preview audiences. The portrayal of Stansfield was not too over the top, it was just closer to perfection than any other actor could have done, anytime, anywhere. Mark Salisbury of awarded the film a full five stars. In time, the pair forms a close bond.
The film holds a 72% positive aggregate rating based on 61 critical reviews on with an average rating of 6. Like many foreign made films, Leon suffered from the inevitable editing for the dumbed-down American audience, but fortunately, the International Version is widely available and the 25 critical minutes are restored to the film. Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin … Mr. To say that this masterpiece is criminally underrated and underappreciated just states the obvious. If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites.