While not quite up to the standard Besson created with 'La Femme Nikita' this film thanks to some stellar performances is also an action classic. Natalie Portman, in her screen debut, is electric as young Matilda while Jean Reno gives his most iconic turn here. Best in show however is Gary Oldman with a vicious turn as an idiosyncratic corrupt D.E.A. agent. The action scenes are magnificent.
Certainement un des meilleurs films policiers à avoir été fait. Wow! C'est aussi un des meilleurs rôles de Jean Reno, puis le rôle qui a fait connaître Nathalie Portman : les deux y sont excellents. Ce film est drôle, triste, émouvant, nous tient en haleine par moments, etc. L'histoire est prenante, la musique est magnifique, puis c'est très bien filmé. Bref, ce film a très peu de défaut. Impressionnant.
An action movie that don't forget to have a warm fuzzy heart at it's center and actually make you care about a cold-hearted killer who's main point in life is wasting lives. Natalie Portman show an acting range in her debut that she has had to strive for in her entire adult year too. A film that dare to take time to tell the story. Just be certain to see the European cut.
There's something really distinctive in this story. It also has something for every genre enthusiast. Both leading actors were powerful and deserve the praise. Even though it obviously is sexualizing a child, something that I found essential was that it made clear right away that this relationship was not driven by a predatory force, but rather by an almost guiding nature.