I was a bit skeptical in seeing this movie at first… The storyline looked extremely cheesy and I really am not much of a fan of foreign films (this was originally released in Europe if you could not already tell by its original FRENCH title Léon). Needless to say, I was completely surprised by how real and quintessential this movie was. Every performance was phenomenal especially the performance by Natalie Portman . Her performance alone makes the whole movie all worthwhile. It is remarkable how maturely fit she was for this role (moreso than Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense imo).
This has quickly become one of my favorite movies of all time. This movie has basically started my whole craze over independent films. Its movies like this that gives me hope that there are still people out there making films just for the beauty of it and not for the glamour of Hollywood. I watched the American version first, which evidently has many deleted scenes that hold the bulk of the plot. If you are going to watch this movie .. watch the uncut version as it carries the real heart of the movie.