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LEON - REVIEW Set in modern day New York Leon Jean Reno is a professional hit man who carries out contracts for Italian boss Tony Danny Aiello who in turn acts as a father-figure and manipulator Leon is truly exceptional at his job with an ability to move without sound kill without emotion and disappear without trace Despite earning 5000 per head he abides to one rule no women no children Leon seems to derive little from his work spending his spare time training and looking after his plantThe twists in the film begin when he meets his neighbour 12-year-old Mathilda Natalie Portman She first sees Leon while smoking a cigarette in the hallway of their apartment building He notices that Mathilda has a bruise on her face but she just covers up the fact by saying she fell of her bike Soon Leon realises that she is being beaten by her stressed father and step daughter Mathildas father is involved in a drugs ring with crooked DEA agent Norman Stansfield Gary Oldman After lying about the location their dope Stansfield raids their apartment killing the whole family in the process Fortunately Mathilda is out grocery shopping at the time of the attack but she returns to see the blood of her father pouring out over the floor As Leon watches interested but uninvolved he sees her walking down the hallway laden with groceries Creeping under the gaze of a particularly twitchy villain Mathilda knocks on his door and silently pleads for sanctuary As a dedicated hit-man Leon has no wish to compromise his position yet after several long seconds he inwardly relents and grants Mathilda safety from the men who have wiped out her family Leon certainly doesnt want this change and neither does Tony but Mathilda manages to convince him that saving her life makes him responsible for it so hed better get used to her When Mathilda discovers that
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