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Colombiana (2011)

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27

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 69

Zoe Saldana has the chops but she's taken out by erratic and sloppy filmmaking.

45

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 12

Zoe Saldana has the chops but she's taken out by erratic and sloppy filmmaking.

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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

Dec 20, 2011

$36.7M

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (69) | DVD (4)

Tiresome and unconvincing.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Often improbable, sometimes ludicrous, but frequently exciting.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Possibly worth seeing if you are 13.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (4)
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There's bad acting all around, but you can't fully blame the performers. The dialogue needed a writer to come in and punch it up - the lines sound like placeholders.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Colombiana isn't the last word in action movies, but it's a fun ride.

August 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Megaton blows things up, demolishes a fruit market, and throws in some parkour foot-chases as if he's completing a checklist.

August 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (2)
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A guilty pleasure film that is more fun than it deserves to be.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

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.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Laugh out loud exploitation...See Zoe shoot. See Zoe kill. See Zoe strip (PG-13 style)

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Colombiana is caught somewhere in the middle of an engaging character drama and a brainless action extravaganza.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

With a tighter story and structure, most of the film's problems could have been easily fixed, resulting in a film that doesn't feel like a build-up of superfluous events.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Ranks as one of the more eco- and econ-friendly projects of recent memory, what with producer/co-writer Luc Besson recycling many elements from his prior successes.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The action set pieces are elaborately staged and sometimes exciting, but the dull script, overcooked direction and wonky editing damage this otherwise enjoyable B-movie.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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"Colombiana" never even considers that what Cataleya has devoted her life to doing might not be entirely justified and that what she does might make her just as evil as the people who wronged her.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comment (1)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

A fast-paced tale of revenge, 'Colombiana' is a better-than-average actioner made all the more interesting by its female lead. Zoe Saldana ('Star Trek' and 'Avatar') follows the path of 'Hanna' and 'Salt' as a tough-as-nails assassin.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The latest disappointing actioner from producer Luc Besson...

October 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Overall, the movie has enough clever chases, break-ins, and escapes -- not to mention a sweet, small tragic romance -- to make it worthwhile, but this isn't one of Besson's stronger efforts.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Colombiana has one true asset -- the seminude sight of its star, Zoe Saldana -- and milks it for everything it's worth.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Comment (1)
Time Out Chicago

A cynical mash-up of Besson's Leon and Nikita, though without their depth of character or emotional warmth.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

It's as slick as an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as fast-moving as hurricane Emily and as memorable as an episode of The A-Team.

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Half the dialogue between these dirtbags is devoted to her near-invisibility, and all of it's awful: "She's like mist," apparently.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

You'll find yourself laughing, then realise that it's not meant to be funny.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Even the talented Saldana can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - much less a dog's dinner.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Colombiana is every bit as slick and silly as you'd expect, but Saldana pulls off her far-fetched assassin with panache, whether wriggling through a police station's air ducts in a latex cat suit or dispatching a crook with his own pet sharks.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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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.
April 5, 2014
Redlats

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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.
February 19, 2014
phubbs1

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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.
April 24, 2013
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If Colombiana didn't have a heroine played by a talented actress like Zoe Saldana in the main role you wouldn't be able to distinguish it from a production line Michael Bay movie. If you want a film with explosion after explosion, an overly frantic lead performance, more explosions, guns firing aimlessly, and a conclusive unconvincing emotional moment, then i'd strongly recommend it. It's a cheesy and badly put together fight fest boasting a dull storyline and even more uninteresting sub-plots. Though it understands it's limitations as being a forgettable piece of eye candy it much rather comes across as a badly acted blockbuster that wants to believe it's trashy fun but wont face the reality that even though it's throwing everything at the screen it's just unbelievably boring. It's one of those films that was never going to be great, I watched it with reasonably low expectations, it's pretty amazing that somehow it still managed to disappoint me, it's a shame.
August 13, 2012
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    1. Danny Delanay: How was your trip?
    2. Cataleya: Hot.
    – Submitted by James W (22 months ago)
    1. Cat - Age 10: I want to be a killer. Can you help me?
    2. Emilio Restrepo: Sure.
    – Submitted by Nick S (24 months ago)
    1. Cataleya: Eat.
    – Submitted by Alaa A (2 years ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Dennis L (2 years ago)
    1. Cataleya: I want you exactly where you are.
    – Submitted by Jeremy A (2 years ago)
    1. Cataleya: I want to be a killer. Will you help me?
    – Submitted by Melvin M (2 years ago)
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