100 Word Review – Leon (1994)

This film should be compulsory viewing. It’s that simple.

Leon (Jean Reno) a reclusive professional assassin reluctantly takes in a young girl, Mathilda (an 11 year old Natalie Portman in her feature film debut) after her family is murdered by a corrupt FBI agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman).

Written and directed by the truly talented Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), this is part buddy film, part shoot-em up action drama. There is even a little romance.

It is beautifully shot, completely compelling, exciting and quite simply a wonderful film. I am not surprised it has made it to #27 on IMDb’s Top 250 List.

100 Word Review – V For Vendetta (2005)

It is a dark dystopian night, in a future London when Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) first meets V (Hugo Weaving). Dressed in a long black cape and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, V is vaudevillian, a visage, a vigilante intent on shining a light on a villainous workings of the British government and burning its totalitarian walls to the ground.

Based on the iconic graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, this Wachowski Brothers’ adaptation currently sits at #146 of IMDb’s Top 250. As a film it stands alone as the perfect way to spend a November evening.