1 hour, 47 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language.
Extra DVD Features: Columbiana: The Making Of; Cataleya's Journey.
Zoe Saldana ...
Jordi Mollà ...
Lennie James ...
Amandla Stenberg ...
Cat - 10
Michael Vartan ...
Cliff Curtis ...
Beto Benites ...
Jesse Borrego ...
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ...
The film opens in Colombia where a young girl named Cataleya Restrepo
(Zoe Saldana "Avatar") sees her parents murdered at the hands of mobsters
commanded by a man named Don Luis (Beto Benites). Managing to survive on
her own, she travels to Chicago to live with her uncle
(Cliff Curtis) who trains her to be a killer. After fifteen years
she has become an elite assassin with plans for revenge against those
who killed her family, but with a smart FBI agent (Lennie James) on her tail, she needs to get rid of him before he gets her.
Cataleya has one relationship with Danny Delanay (Michael
Vartan) an artist, but the script makes little attempt to establish their personal
connection. Instead of being an access point to a world outside of death
and guns, it simply looks like he’s simply an occasional love interest.
What really strange is that Cataleya and Don Luis don't have a single scene together instead, the
her only contact with her enemies is limited to a conversation
she has with Luis’ right-hand-man, Marco (Jordi Mollà), who was present
when her parents were killed.
The action and fight sequences, shot competently by director Olivier
Megaton ("Transporter 3"), prevent the film from seeming completely flat, but most of the action is
relegated to the final act of the film, and what ultimately kills it is its complete lack of
originality. The plot and characters are paint-by-numbers
and even those elements are put together sloppily. The entire premise
hangs on the idea that an assassin with a need for revenge is
more than enough for audiences, but that’s simply not true. A movie
needs depth and it needs emotion. Colombiana has none of these things.