Colombiana dir. Olivier Megaton (2011) A straightforward action revenge film reworked from Luc Besson’s script for the unmade Léon: The Professional sequel Mathilda. Deprived of a counterpoint character with whom to duet, Zoe Saldaña instead performs a flawless solo as orphaned Colombian girl turned contract killer Cataleya.
Léon dir. Luc Besson (1994) A moving friendship tale that stops just short of Lolita-ism and owes its impact more to the acting talents of Jean Reno, Natalie Portman (on debut) and Gary Oldman than to writer-director Luc Besson’s attempts to bring French sensibilities to American film-making.