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Leon: The Professional (1994) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Luc Besson’s American debut still remains his best English language film (and maybe even his best film overall) with a heap of memorable moments and a career making performance from a young Natalie Portman backed up by a another wonderfully unhinged turn by Gary Oldman.   Besson delivers a confident film and manages to tread a fine line with the central relationship that a lesser director may well have fallen foul of, whilst still keeping the film moving at pace with a series of stunning set pieces.  But the film is much more than that relationship, even if a lot of critics missed that at the time. The film pays off well, wrapping up the story satisfyingly, but leaving the door open for a follow up which, sadly, has never yet materialised.

Best Bit: The ring trick

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, John Wick

9 out of 10 stars



Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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