Colombiana

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  • Summary: Cataleya is 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 forCataleya is 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. (Sony Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 25, 2011
    80
    All of that combines to make Colombiana into a scandalous blend of action, sex and violence. My apologies in advance for having so much fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Aug 20, 2011
    70
    The Olivier Megaton-directed Colombiana may not be the brainiest of actioners, but one of the merits of producer Luc Besson's latest brainchild is that fanboys worldwide will come away with a scrap of horticultural knowledge as well as a pretty good time.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 27, 2011
    63
    Zaldana is such a sultry and surprisingly heartfelt executioner that she often finds a way to make this by-the-numbers genre retread feel, if not fresh, then at least sporadically electric.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Aug 25, 2011
    50
    While most action films fall apart because they succumb to stupidity, Colombiana suffers most because it tries to be too smart.
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 28, 2011
    50
    It's basically a blaxploitation movie stretched to meaninglessly international proportions that leans on tired Colombian stereotypes. But if Saldana's aiming to be some kind of new Pam Grier, she needs to save more than herself.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Aug 26, 2011
    50
    Colombiana, though, doesn't quite qualify as a chick flick. The filmmakers were surely thinking of the guys when they arranged for Saldana to play many of her scenes in a cat suit, a bikini or lingerie.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 26, 2011
    12
    Luc Besson keeps ralphing up scripts about beautiful lady killers, but that doesn't mean you have to keep seeing them. Case in point: Colombiana...[a] dull cable-TV-quality item.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 40
  2. Negative: 16 out of 40
  1. Aug 28, 2011
    10
    Fantastic action movie, one of the most intense I have seen in a long time! Zoe is super and plays a fine line between badass and vulnerable.Fantastic action movie, one of the most intense I have seen in a long time! Zoe is super and plays a fine line between badass and vulnerable. The critics give it low scores but then again I usually hate most of the trash they rate highly. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    10
    I actually enjoyed this film as a fun and action-filled diversion. To me, it was a little like a Salt (Angelina Jolie's film of this pastI actually enjoyed this film as a fun and action-filled diversion. To me, it was a little like a Salt (Angelina Jolie's film of this past year) plus. If you're looking for a plausible serious film pass this one by as you will be disappointed. However, if you want a fun romp, go for it! Looks like it , like Salt , has the potential for a followup. Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    8
    This film was much better than what it's been given credit for, sure it had a few tiny moments of cheese, but the continuity was very goodThis film was much better than what it's been given credit for, sure it had a few tiny moments of cheese, but the continuity was very good which usually makes these films fall completely apart and Zoe Saldana kicked ass in a believable way. Not to forget the great supporting cast as well. For a shoot 'em up, I was definitely entertained! Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great action, crappy ending for the build up. The movie left way too many questions unanswered. 1.) How did she become such a bad ass assassin.? Her uncle sure as hell didn't teach her, although that's what we're lead to believe. But how can I guy that shoots into crowds and by a nearby school teach the art of intelligent killing, when he himself is reckless.

    2.) Is she a killer for hire? It wasn't clear if she killed people that did bad things and people that were connected to her family's killing or all of her murders were connected? 3.) Middle-Aged thinking. The head FBI investigator that was tracking Cataleya couldn't believe that a woman could be behind all of the killings. How could a person in such power, who obviously got to his position for showing some sort of intelligence, think like a man stuck in the middle ages. This error comes down to bad writing. 4.) How can Cataleya, be such a bad ass assassin yet be so stupid? Cataleya over the years had been killing 22 victims and leaving the Cataleya flower imprinted on their chest. This was a way of scaring the people involved in her parents murder and letting them know she's close to killing them. This in turn has a bad reaction as her uncle and aunt are killed because of this. Her recklessness is the only thing she learned from her uncle, yet when her uncle confronts her about the markings, which he was unaware of, he tries to act like he taught her to be better. This error is too a casualty of bad writing. I can go on and on about he plot holes, but as you can see they're very present. The movie got a 5 for the action and sexy Saldana, missed out on a higher score due to the poor writing.
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  5. Sep 4, 2011
    3
    The stupidity of this movie isn't what make it bad. The fact that it actually think its smart, is what makes this movie so dismal. SittingThe stupidity of this movie isn't what make it bad. The fact that it actually think its smart, is what makes this movie so dismal. Sitting through it was a difficult experience, not even Saldana's beauty and effort could save it. In fact it only makes it more difficult to watch as she's wasting talent on a movie that should have been made for tv. Colombiana is a cliched-ridden mess, with poor dialogue that would make the best of actors look horrible. The movie crumbles as the story progresses, and its surely one of the summer's loudest light-weights. Expand
  6. Jan 6, 2012
    3
    Filled with a couple of plot holes, an overall weak story and a forced underdeveloped romance between our Colombiana an her guy, this movie'sFilled with a couple of plot holes, an overall weak story and a forced underdeveloped romance between our Colombiana an her guy, this movie's main achievement is its over the top creative ways of killing people. Expand
  7. Aug 30, 2011
    1
    This movie was poor. Led with poor acting, poor action sequences and a weak story. I only saw this movie because its what my gf chose and itThis movie was poor. Led with poor acting, poor action sequences and a weak story. I only saw this movie because its what my gf chose and it was free because i work at the theater. I never cared to see this movie because of the annoying trailer where the father says "never forget where you came from" like 10 times. I saw it though and their wasnt anything to like. The fighting scenes looked fake and the main actress didnt even seem to be trained at all. The only thing that was good was the main actress had good looks, thats about all i can say, and the beginning scene where the little katayana (however you spell it) was running away was ridiculous because somehow her and the guys she was chased by all of a sudden became pros at parkour. Anyways this movie was ridiculously dumb, made no sense. 1/10 Expand

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