COLOMBIANA (2011)


Director: Olivier Megaton

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Cast: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language.

Runtime: 108 minutes

Genres: Action/Crime/Thriller

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Amandla Stenberg portrays 10-year-old Cataleya in the opening scenes of the film where she witnesses the execution of her parents in their home in Bogota, Colombia. "Cat," as she is called, narrowly escapes to "live and fight another day." The young actress portrays 10-year-old Cat as a bright, intelligent, and resourceful girl. By the time actress Zoe Saldana takes over the role as the adult "Cat," the audience has formed a strong bond with Cataleya and we want to see her exact her revenge against the men responsible for her parents' brutal deaths, even though we know full well that such a path will more than likely not be an easy one, a lawful one, or without the danger of being killed herself.

In the years after her escape, Cataleya becomes a highly trained, skilled assassin who works as a professional hitman (hit-person?) for her uncle. In her spare time, she hunts for the mobster responsible for her parents' deaths.

The action sequences are well filmed and not so outlandish that they become cartoon-like or unbelievable. With my body, I could never do what Cat does, but then, I out-weigh her by a couple hundred pounds. I liked the way Cataleya was portrayed; focused on her goal, to the point of obsession, but not careless or over confident. She is determined to achieve the destruction of her nemesis well past where others might have called it quits but she never acts rashly or stupidly. She is a pro to the very end.

The blend of action and crime thriller works to the advantage of this movie.

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