128. Colombiana (2011)

Where did this come from?

Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Written by: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue

Luc Besson’s latest film, Colombiana, is relatively weak compared to his earlier accomplishments, including the likes of Leon and Nikita. While Zoe Saldana was an excellent choice for the lead role, Colombiana‘s protagonist and plot doesn’t lend itself to a very impressive reception, using as many unnecessary opportunities to show off Saldana’s feline body as there are Colombian stereotypes in the film.

Tearing holes through walls and logic

Cataleya (Saldana) is an assassin seeking revenge for the death of her mother and father. Tracking down each and every drug fiend who was connected to the incident, Cataleya sends out a message to the chief honcho of the organization that she is coming from him. Unfortunately, her signs also get picked up by the CIA and it is only a matter of time before Cataleya is caught.

As weak links of logic hold the plot together, Colombiana owns stupid plot twists, convenient realizations and unsatisfying outcomes that make us believe Saldana is way too good for a production like this. While the film is directed and performed with energy, this isn’t anything we haven’t seen before.


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