Critic Consensus: Zoe Saldana has the chops but she's taken out by erratic and sloppy filmmaking.
In the action film Colombiana, Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents' deaths. -- (C) Sony Pictures
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Olivier Megaton|
|Written By:||Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen|
|In Theaters:||Aug 26, 2011 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 20, 2011|
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as Danny Delanay
as Emilio Restrepo
as Don Luis
as William Woodward
as Head Marshall Warren
as Cat, Age 10
as Sergeant Bill Attwoo...
as Genarro Rizzo
as Agent Robert William...
as American Embassy 1
as American Embassy 2
as Emilio's Man
as Fabio's Man
as Marco's Gun Man
as Michel Shino
as Guy (6th Floor)
as Ticket Agent
as Tech FBI
as FBI Operator
as Old Man (Gardener)
as Head Bodyguard
as William's Servant
as CIA Girl
as Customs Officer
as FBI Mailman
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Critic Reviews for Colombiana
You keep wanting "Colombiana" to go all the way in one direction, or all the way in the other. Instead, it just sits there, content to give Saldana a lollypop.
Colombiana contains some thrilling scenes as well as an interesting sense of twisted humor, but there's not enough here to really keep us engaged.
Laugh out loud exploitation...See Zoe shoot. See Zoe kill. See Zoe strip (PG-13 style)
Colombiana is caught somewhere in the middle of an engaging character drama and a brainless action extravaganza.
Audience Reviews for Colombiana
The lone-wolf-getting-revenge type of movie. I liked it - sure it has no redeeming social message, but it is always fun to see the underdog get her revenge.
Trying not to compare too much to the classic hitman flick 'Leon' this female assassin flick tries too hard for its own good to raise emotion and thrills. Its not that its a bad film, far from it, its a solid action film and you must give the director and cast credit for making the film much better than it deserves to be but at the end of the day the film is very predictable and simply nothing new.
The cast are very good in this film with a strong brooding presence from Saldana who does actually come across as a capable killer but the Colombian bad guys are all pretty cliched with their stubble and shades. Performances from Curtis as the mentor/uncle, James as the 'always one step behind' FBI and a decent small role for McTavish as a Marshall with a very good US accent all add to a well rounded and understated cast that really do make the film quite believeable...at times. I wonder who is the better young innocent pre-hitgirl? the young Stenberg or the young Portman? hard to decide really, the young 'Cataleya' is slightly unbelievable as she leaps and bounds over rooftops like a pro gymnast when the baddies go after her, after she sticks a henchman with a blade!. Not really how a young child would behave methinks but I guess she is suppose to be gifted, its just less realistic when watching.
One problem with the film is the forced emotional aspects which I found hard to accept, 'Emilio' the uncle and mentor of Cataleya is some kind of underground thug or mafia type who gunned down an innocent person in their car to prove a point to a young Cataleya and Cataleya's family from Columbia were all involved with drug trafficking, they had guns stashed around the house!! so really its kinda hard to feel for Cataleya and what she's doing as everyone she knows/has known is a criminal.
Also you wonder how she becomes an elite killer, who trained her? Emilio the uncle? was he some kind of super killer too? he merely comes across as a Colombian goodfella type. The film can't quite capture the close emotion of a certain Besson classic and like with all modern films ends up relying on flashy action set pieces to make up for it when a more subdued approach would have worked wonders, the final curtain for the main bad guy is also quite stupid.
Solid but nothing new to offer over other good female assassin flicks such as 'Nikita' and remake 'Point of No Return' aka 'The Assassin', but you have to wonder why Besson is so obsessed with assassin films that he keeps remaking the same thing over and over.
The young daughter of a cartel enforcer is orphaned when her parents are murdered by his former boss and seeks sanctuary in the US where she grows to become an assassin sworn to avenge them. Luc Besson rehashes the formula of Nikita in this flashy but generic action thriller in his trademark style. He is joined by his co-writer of Taken and it shares the rather humourless approach, but the addition of some mainstream audience pleasing sentimentality in the form of a romantic interest and murdered family means it is rather less edgy and offbeat. Thanks to some glossy and well engineered set pieces, one of which is clearly influenced by Besson's classic Leon, Colombiana is always entertaining but it lacks the imagination and invention of his best films. Not bad at all, but it's not quite as good as the similar Haywire and there's nothing here you won't have seen at least a dozen times before.
|Danny Delanay:||How was your trip?|
|Cat - Age 10:||I want to be a killer. Can you help me?|
|Emilio Restrepo:||You want me to teach you how to be a killer? No problem. I teach you. But you'll be dead in five years.If you want to be a killer and survive, you got to be a smart one. Have to know things besides how to pull a trigger. You have to know how people think. You got to learn how to be psychological. I cannot teach you that unless you learn the basics at a school. You got that? Hm? Come on, what's it going to be? Cataleya, you choose.|
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