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: 14 out of 39
  2. Negative: 16 out of 39
  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 31, 2011
    10
    Fun action thriller with solid performances from Zoe Saldana and the young actress who plays her as a child, Amandla Stenberg. The audience IFun action thriller with solid performances from Zoe Saldana and the young actress who plays her as a child, Amandla Stenberg. The audience I saw it with seemed to enjoy it a lot as well. Lots of cheering and applauding. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    8
    Colombiana la gran incomprendida de lo que llevamos de cine ¿Buena o Mala?¿Entretenida o Aburrida? para empezarColombiana la gran incomprendida de lo que llevamos de cine ¿Buena o Mala?¿Entretenida o Aburrida? para empezar opino que la pelicula es mediocre tirando para buena lo que seria un 6, pero sin duda entretiene y mucho ya sea por ver a la bellisima Zoe Saldana o por las escenas de accion (estas muy escuetas y poco frecuentes). En defenitiva como pelicula en conjunto merece un 6 pero debido a que sabe entretener y tiene a Zoe como protagonista le hace ganar puntos.

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  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. Aug 26, 2011
    3
    This movie look's like a pseudo spin off of "The Loser's". Where Zoe Saldana ; plays pretty much the exact same character , but without theThis movie look's like a pseudo spin off of "The Loser's". Where Zoe Saldana ; plays pretty much the exact same character , but without the lime light.Although the alluring figure of the actress coupled with gun's and explosions will make the opening week a bro- fest i don't see this recycled vengeance plot , becoming a colt classic.I would much rather watch a "The Loser's 2" with Saldana playing a larger role then the first then a slightly different story starring her completely. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2012
    3
    Columbiana is not much more than a collection of action movie cliches and predictable revenge movie scenes stitched together. It's been doneColumbiana is not much more than a collection of action movie cliches and predictable revenge movie scenes stitched together. It's been done before of course, but i was surprised at how darkly amoral everyone seems to be in this movie. Basically zoe saldana's drug dealing parents were killed by their drug dealing boss, so as a young girl she vows to kill him right back. But she doesn't do it right away, being only eight or nine years old. She escapes from her homeland and travels to america where she learns from her killer of a brother how to become an assasin, and spends the rest of her life killing bad guys for money in the hopes of drawing out her real target so she can kill him. Obviously we're supposed to side with Cataleya on her riteous quest for payback, but she's just not that likeable. Her revenge motivation seems like not much more than an excuse to waste people in interesting ways, or her double standard when it comes to morality. In one scene she weeps miserably over her lost parents, then in the next sentence, she threatens to kill the family of an FBI man one by one if he doesn't help her. Her brother and mentor isn't much better. In another scene, he preaches to a young Cataleya the importance of education after randomly murdering some passerby in front of her school. Attempts are made to humanize Cataleya by showing she's in a relationship with Michael Vartan, a bland acessory who mostly communicates in mumbles of affection. He seems pathetically subservient, as if he's just happy to be hittin that. Later in the movie, when he finds out the love of his life has murdered dozens of people, he sheepishly asks when he can see her again. With a story and characters this weak its hard to enjoy the action when that starts heating up. You can point out the plot early on, and find no surprises. There's the loved ones that are going to be killed off at the end of the second act..there's the dedicated cop who will chase his prey through the whole movie but never quite make it..there's the smug kingpin who will get the most creative death..yeah, we've seen it all before. 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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