Colombiana 2011

Colombiana

Critics Consensus

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

28%

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In 1992 Bogota, a little girl (Amandla Stenberg) watches crime lord Don Luis (Beto Benites) and his henchman Marco (Jordi Mollà) murder her parents. Fifteen years later, the now-grown Cataleya (Zoe Saldana), who is named for a Colombian orchid, works as a contract killer for her Chicago-based uncle (Cliff Curtis). Leaving a lipstick drawing of her namesake on every victim, Cataleya carries out her assignments with cold, frightening efficiency and dreams of avenging her family.

Cast & Crew

Cliff Curtis
Emilio Restrepo
Amandla Stenberg
Young Cataleya
Luc Besson
Screenwriter
Ariel Zeitoun
Producer
Nathaniel Mechaly
Original Music
Romain Lacourbas
Cinematographer
Patrick Durand
Production Design
Olivier Bériot
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Critic Reviews for Colombiana

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (74)

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.
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