Colombiana

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Overview

A woman becomes a professional killer in order to seek revenge against the ruthless gangster who murdered her parents in this action thriller from director Olivier Megaton and writer/producer Luc Besson. As a young girl, Cataleya Zoe Saldana saw her parents killed in cold blood. Now Cataleya is all grown up, and she's determined to settle the score. Going to work for her uncle, Cataleya methodically begins working her way up through the criminal underworld, taking out every criminal in her path on an obsessive ...
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Overview

A woman becomes a professional killer in order to seek revenge against the ruthless gangster who murdered her parents in this action thriller from director Olivier Megaton and writer/producer Luc Besson. As a young girl, Cataleya Zoe Saldana saw her parents killed in cold blood. Now Cataleya is all grown up, and she's determined to settle the score. Going to work for her uncle, Cataleya methodically begins working her way up through the criminal underworld, taking out every criminal in her path on an obsessive quest to bury the man who single-handedly destroyed her life.
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Special Features

Columbiana: The Making Of; Cataleya's Journey
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
If you know Luc Besson, you probably shouldn't be too surprised by Colombiana. After all, the overwhelmingly okay film follows the general pattern laid out by many of his other films, wherein 1) an innocent hero is driven to violence by violence, 2) nearly everyone who is close to the hero is killed, 3) the villain always has an evil henchman, and 4) a chase scene with free-running in it is featured. Sure, that very well might be simplifying the picture and the celebrated French mogul's approach to storytelling, yet Colombiana fits the mold. For the most part, the movie is a serviceable assassin thriller, with the dynamic Zoe Saldana showing off her figure as she outsmarts the good and bad guys hot on her heels when she's not slinking around in panties or shooting enormous guns. Story-wise, there's one monkey wrench of wonky motivation at play, but thankfully the production is pulled off with the right amount of French/Hollywood gloss so that it's very easy to just sit back and accept it for the slightly dramatic action piece that it is. Saldana plays Cataleya, who at a young age became the lone surviving family member of a Colombian crook after he two-timed his boss, Don Luis (Beto Benites). When the American government helps her escape the country, Cataleya is taken in by a family friend, Emilio (played by Cliff Curtis), who trains her to be a killer in the city of Chicago. Years later, the murderous orphan gets the word out to Luis that she is coming for him by drawing an orchid on the body of each perp that Emilio assigns her to kill, thus triggering the FBI and the agent in charge (Lennie James) to hunt her down. Even just reading that synopsis, it's evident that Catalya's plan is so wrong-headed that it's hard to believe she didn't think that things would backfire on her adoptive family. Well, all right, it's just a movie, but still... that just seems lazy -- as does writer/producer Besson rehashing scenes from both La Femme Nikita and Léon (almost blatantly so), which to director Olivier Megaton's credit, is pulled off with relative restraint considering that his last film was the overly chaotic Transporter 3. The helmer does make the dumb move of cutting frame rates in the finale's hand-to-hand action scenes, which is unfortunate since that style is nowhere to be seen up until that point. Some praise should go to Cliff Curtis, who grounds the film with enough emotion to make his connection with Catalya work (basically the only relationship that is anywhere near believable -- the less said about the random white guy love interest, the better). As a movie, Colombiana could absolutely be worse, but it also could be a whole lot better. This is made-to-order middle-of-the-road fare for theatrical tourists in need of an afternoon fix -- and not much more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/2011
  • UPC: 043396389434
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,110

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zoe Saldana Cataleya
Jordi Mollà Marco
Lennie James Ross
Amandla Stenberg Cat - Age 10
Michael Vartan Danny Delanay
Cliff Curtis Emilio Restrepo
Callum Blue Richard
Beto Benites Don Luis
Jesse Borrego
Sam Douglas
Max Martini
Graham McTavish
Michael Showers
Technical Credits
Olivier Megaton Director
Luc Besson Producer, Screenwriter
Camille Delamarre Editor
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Romain Lacourbas Cinematographer
Nathaniel Mechaly Score Composer
Ariel Zeitoun Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Colombiana
1. Chapter 1 [8:37]
2. Chapter 2 [9:12]
3. Chapter 3 [5:46]
4. Chapter 4 [7:43]
5. Chapter 5 [9:07]
6. Chapter 6 [6:04]
7. Chapter 7 [5:32]
8. Chapter 8 [5:07]
9. Chapter 9 [8:42]
10. Chapter 10 [4:09]
11. Chapter 11 [2:29]
12. Chapter 12 [4:19]
13. Chapter 13 [6:27]
14. Chapter 14 [1:25]
15. Chapter 15 [7:08]
16. Chapter 16 [4:53]
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Disc #1 -- Colombiana
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Great movie. But movie should be in book form. Namely nook books

    Great movie. But movie should be in book form. Namely nook books.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    Better Than I Expected

    I was recently in the mood to watch a good action thriller, and this movie came to my attention on Netflix, so I added it to my cue and gave it a watch after it showed up. I expected it would be fairly good, but it was actually better than I expected. That being said, I did feel it could have used a slight bit more action, but all in all it was very good, and the action that was in it was pretty good. If you're into action thrillers, I recommend giving this one a go.

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