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Colombiana (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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$36,665,854.00
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Cast

Zoe Saldana
as Cataleya
Michael Vartan
as Danny Delanay
Cliff Curtis
as Emilio Restrepo
Jordi Molla
as Marco
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
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
Stephan Brodziak
as Tech FBI
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

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (23)

Tiresome and unconvincing.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Often improbable, sometimes ludicrous, but frequently exciting.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Possibly worth seeing if you are 13.

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Colombiana isn't the last word in action movies, but it's a fun ride.

Full Review… | August 28, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Colombiana

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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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