Set in present day New York, THE PROFESSIONAL is a movie about a hit man who takes in a girl whose family has been killed by a corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration boss and teaches her the trade of being an assassin. The filmmaker attempts to show that even inside the most heartless killer there is still a side that can love. However, this message is buried beneath bloody and brutal killings, drug and alcohol abuse, foul language, implied sexual promiscuity, and revenge, the motivating factor in the 12-year-old girl's life.
In THE PROFESSIONAL, Gary Oldham plays a corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration boss, Stansfield, whose thugs murder a young girl’s family in a drug deal gone awry. The massacre forces the girl, Matilda (Natalie Portman), to take shelter in the apartment of Leon, a neighbor she hardly knows who turns out to be a hit man. Matilda pleads with Leon to teach her how to “clean” so she can take out the man who killed her family. After Matilda’s unsuccessful attempt to kill him, Stansfield calls out the Drug Enforcement Administration police team to kill Leon and Matilda.
The filmmaker attempts to show that even inside the most heartless killer there is still a side that can love. However, this message is buried beneath bloody killings, drug and alcohol abuse, foul language, implied promiscuity, and revenge. The most disturbing element in the movie is that the filmmaker uses a young girl in this corrupt, immoral film. 12-year-old Portman smokes, curses and is exposed to brutal and graphic killings. Also, the protagonist’s profession of being an assassin is glorified and even condoned. Aside from the immoral overtone of THE PROFESSIONAL, the movie is not entertaining. Many camera shots appear amateurish, the action is more gory than suspenseful, and the acting is mediocre.
(NA, LLL, VVV, SS, A, D, M) Pagan worldview in which protagonist's profession as a hit man is glorified; 52 obscenities & 11 profanities (many from children); gory, graphic deaths (most by gunshot, some by explosions & hanging), fight scenes, & child abuse; implied sexual intercourse, fondling depicted; alcohol abuse; drug abuse; and, revenge.