The Professional

The Professional

Score: 10 / 10
Released: November 18, 1994
Director: Luc Besson
Producer: Claude Besson
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
Genre: Action
Length: 110 minutes
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The Professional Overview

The Professional, starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman, follows a calculating professional hit man (Reno), with no family and no friends. However, he has casually befriended Mathilda (Portman, in her stellar debut), a 12 year-old neighbor whose entire family, including her adored four-year-old brother, is wiped out by crooked DEA agents.

The girl pleads with Leon to teach her how to be a "cleaner" and avenge her little brother's death. However, once she learns a few skills, Mathilda saunters into the DEA offices with the sole intention of killing the psychotic agent (Gary Oldman) who actually masterminded the executions. But her intended victim turns the tables on her, and Leon must rescue her.