Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 99


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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

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Zoe Saldana
as Cataleya
Michael Vartan
as Danny Delanay
Cliff Curtis
as Emilio Restrepo
Beto Benites
as Don Luis
Callum Blue
as Richard
Sam Douglas
as William Woodward
Graham McTavish
as Head Marshall Warren
Amandla Stenberg
as Cat, Age 10
Charles Maquignon
as Sergeant Bill Attwood
Affif Ben Badra
as Genarro Rizzo
David Clarke
as Marshall
Andrea Helene
as Principal
Max Martini
as Agent Robert Williams
Tony Dalton
as American Embassy 1
Julian Sedgwick
as American Embassy 2
Guillermo Ríos
as Emilio's Man
Luis Toscano
as Fabio's Man
Javier Escobar
as Marco's Gun Man
Doug Rao
as Michel Shino
Reem Kherici
as Nymphette
Julie Nicolet
as Nymphette
Stephan Orsolani
as Guy (6th Floor)
Steve Herson
as Ticket Agent
Richard Zeringue
as Bureaucrat
William Raymond
as FBI Operator
Alfredo Gonzales
as Old Man (Gardener)
Alejandro Perrazza
as Head Bodyguard
Donald Marshall
as William's Servant
Silas Cooper
as Customs Officer
Donagh Gordon
as FBI Mailman
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Critic Reviews for Colombiana

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Audience Reviews for Colombiana

  • Aug 01, 2016
    Zoe Saldana is slinky, sexy, and mad as hell as Cataleya, a contract killer bent on avenging her family who was killed..."in front of [her]"...a line from the trailer that I thought was delivered a little too emphatically. Saldana's dancer physicality is evident when Cataleya snakes through air ducts, swims with the sharks, and pratwaddles in a drunken ruse. The action is gripping enough, but Michael Vartan is forever contractually obligated to play Michael Vartan - the handsome, oblivious beau with a gracious smile and twinkling eyes.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    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.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2013
    Bon film, mais on invente rien! Une histoire vue et revue de tous les facons.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2013
    Not good. It has its moments, that's for sure, but it's just boring most of the time. The main problem is that a lot of the film is dedicated toward building sympathy toward a character that's largely unsympathetic. Yes, you feel bad for her at the beginning of the film, but her character never develops in a positive direction, as you would expect; in fact, she becomes even more unsympathetic and more brutal as the film goes on. So all of these moments that are intended to make the viewer get behind the character (any sequences with her boyfriend or uncle) become huge wastes of screen time. And honestly, even with this negative development, Catalea just isn't interesting enough of a character to stimulate viewer interest. I really hope they don't make another one of these films. Colombiana is an 100-plus minute action movie that only has like 10-15 minutes of solid action, with boring filler for the rest of it. The action sequences aren't even that good; I was honestly bored during some of the fight scenes, which are implausible to begin with (she defeats a heavily-trained CIA agent using a toothbrush and towel---are you serious?). The plot is so confusing, especially with a number of mostly one-dimensional and idiotic side characters that convolute things further. The best parts of this film were honestly the ones with the supposed antagonist, the lead FBI agent played by Lennie James from Jericho and The Walking Dead. He at least was interesting, and he's such a good actor; I wish the freaking story focused on him instead of Zoe Saldana! Why couldn't they have made the movie like that? That would've been much more interesting. Anyway, there's a lot horribly wrong with this movie, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you paid me.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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