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Colombiana (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 August 2011 (USA)
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A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.

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A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target - the mobster responsible for her parents' death. Written by Anonymous

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Revenge is beautiful. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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26 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Venganza despiadada  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,526,291 (France), 31 July 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,408,176, 28 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,665,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,295,262
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In the scene where Cataleya rams into the police car, it is in a place outside New Orleans called Fat City. The bar Uncle Larry's, was actually a real bar at the time but is no longer there. Also in the scene, briefly, you can see a sign for Circle K and a split second later you see Brother's; it's actually the same building. The gas station was under construction during filming and Brother's had bought the Circle K franchise. See more »

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In the shark tank, Cataleya swims up to the second row of glass blocks. In the next shot she lifts one in the third row, apparently further from the edge of the tank. See more »

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[first lines]
Don Luis Sandoval: I can't believe this.
Fabio Restrepo: Why not?
Don Luis Sandoval: Because I love you, Fabio, like a son.
Fabio Restrepo: I love you, Don Luis, like a father.
Don Luis Sandoval: I'm going to miss you.
Fabio Restrepo: And I'm going to miss you.
Don Luis Sandoval: Okay. Enough of this sentimental bullshit. One last drink? Next we'll be crying like two old women. Come on! To the future.
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Mrs Butterfly - Un Bel Di Vedremo
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Soprano: Miriam Gauci (as M. Gauci)
Performed by National Czech Radio Orchestra conducted by Alexander Rahbari (as A. Rahbari)
Kapagama / Naxos - HNH International
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This is not a bad movie if you take off your critics hat
13 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

First of all this is NOT a movie about Colombia. The producers may have failed on representing it but this is not the POINT of this movie. It's an action movie about a girl from Colombia and that's pretty much it regarding Colombia. Don't get all frustrated with it. Here's my quick review:

1 - Trailer: I wanted to see this movie mostly based on the trailer which I found catchy. Action and sexy Zoe Saldana sells it all. Still I went on a cheap night because I wasn't convinced this would be worth the full price entry. What you see in the trailer is what you get. A lot of action left to be seen and overall it's a good intro to the movie.

2 - Cast & Characters: Ahhh Zoe Zoe! It's hard to watch her rather than just stare at her. She delivers a pretty solid performance in this movie. She goes all around sneaking up the bad guys and taking them out in creative and yet plausible ways unlike Angelina Jolie in Salt (2010) where her 100 pounds character takes out multiple 250 pounds guys in fist fights. The supporting characters are your "typical" Mexican (Colombian in this story!) guys that pretty much do nothing other than holding guns outside a villa and sipping on drink and cigars. Generic police guys fill the rest of the cast but I found Callum Blue quite enjoyable to watch.

3 - Plot & Story: I think the story is so generic that the little twists added to the script makes them even more surprising. You always feel like you know the next move but most of the time something unexpected happens. Unfortunately, the script as a whole is a bit sloppy and poorly paced. I didn't get bored at all in this movie and though the intrigue isn't much catchy, it was enough to keep me interested. There are many laughable moments (mostly intended) which is fun but the drama is really cheesy.

4 - Theme & Genre: As an action flick, this one stands right. It isn't a melting pot of car crashes and explosions out of nowhere. There is plenty of action and a good mix between Hollywood fireworks and realistic fights. The camera angles and editing sometimes get confusing but in some scenes they really add something cool to watch.

5 - Overall Appreciation: Alright let's face the obvious. There is no Oscars material here. This will get MTV Teen Choice Awards at best. It's a cheap night movie that is entertaining to watch and where you should not expect a classic in cinema. Did I appreciate it? Yes! Is it good? Not bad. I give it 6 out of 10 for Zoe Saldana, good fight scenes and cinematography. Too bad the supporting characters, cheesy drama and poor script kills it a bit.


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