France / English
"If you want a job done well hire a professional. "Professional assassin Leon reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda, a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade.
Where are the accolades?
This movie is rated 63 on the imdb top 250 movie list, showing that people
obviously like this movie, and with good reason. But why the hell didn;t
this movie garner at least one single oscar or golden globe nomination??
natalie portman's performance was terrific as the emotionally ravaged
matildha - best actress nomination for sure.
jean reno should have been nominated for a best actor nomination. the fact
that the audience is led to feel sympathy and sorrow for a hitman speaks
words enough about his performance.
gary oldman is fantastic as the corrupt and psychotic cop. his character is
so repulsive and chilling, but at the same time so quirky and interesting to
watch. best supporting actor nomination.
luc besson. when this man will get some kudos for his work i never know.
the professional, in my opinion, is his greatest achievement as a director
and, considering the fact he has helmed classic cult films such as nikita
and the fifth element, the professional must rate highly as one of the best
films of the 90's atleast! best film and best director nominations should
have been given.
but no, it was all too easy to heap praise on the feel good movie forrest
gump, and shun the movie that, through its intensity and tragedy, better
highlights the value of life and love.
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