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Running Time:
1 hour, 47 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A shallow and unoriginal assassin film lacking both depth and emotion.

Additional Info:
Extra DVD Features: Columbiana: The Making Of; Cataleya's Journey.

CAST:
Zoe Saldana ... Cataleya
Jordi Mollà ... Marco
Lennie James ... Ross
Amandla Stenberg ... Cat - 10
Michael Vartan ... Danny
Cliff Curtis ... Emilio Restrepo
Beto Benites ... Don Luis
Jesse Borrego ... Fabio
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ... Alicia



Colombiana
 Colombiana starring Zoe Saldana: DVD Cover  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.
 







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