2020-04-18 22:38:37 UTC
Film is set in Manhattan with a French director which accounts for some scenes with moments of poetic style amid the violence.
Few films hit the bulls eye as frequently as this one. Leafy plant loving Reno is one of the best anti - heroes, Portman shows her star quality as the film goes along, Beethoven fan, pill popping Oldman is the most memorable of crooked cops and the Leon/Mathilda relationship is probably the best adult/child one in any film.
Reno is a singular cleaner, a recent arrival from Italy he has a shabby appearance and old world traditional loyalty to a scummy, duplicitous Little Italy crime boss ( Danny Aiello ). He's not too smart , has a clildlike simplicity but is a master of his craft.
The moment that he is influenced to help Portman is one that he knows he'll probably regret. Excellent momentum and plenty of heart, appreciate the symbolism at the end. 10-/10 growing roots