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Colombiana (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 26 August 2011 (USA)
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A young girl in Bogotá witnesses her parents' murder and grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.

Director:

Olivier Megaton

Writers:

Luc Besson (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Saldana ... Cataleya
Jordi Mollà ... Marco
Lennie James ... Ross
Amandla Stenberg ... Cat - 10
Michael Vartan ... Danny Delanay
Cliff Curtis ... Emilio Restrepo
Beto Benites ... Don Luis
Jesse Borrego ... Fabio
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ... Alicia
Ángel Garnica Ángel Garnica ... Pepe (as Angel Garnica)
Ofelia Medina ... Mama
Callum Blue ... Richard
Sam Douglas ... William Woodgard
Graham McTavish ... Head Marshall Warren
Charles Maquignon ... Sergeant Bill Attwood
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The film was based on a script that was set to be a sequel for Léon: The Professional (1994). The story was set to follow Natalie Portman's character Mathilda as she tracked down and killed characters that had wronged her and Leon. Due to rights issues with the studio behind the first film it was cancelled and the script was turned into Colombiana . See more »

Goofs

Cataleya is shown reading a Xena comic book in what is supposed to be 1992. But Xena did not air until 1995, and the comic book didn't come out until 1996. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Three versions of this film exist:
  • the original international theatrical version
  • the US theatrical version, which was cut to secure a PG-13 rating
  • the US unrated version, which not only restores the cuts made for the theatrical version but also includes some additional violence (i.e. the shooting of Cataleya's parents)
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Connections

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Hurt
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Johnny Cash
(c) Published by Leaving Hope Music, Inc.
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Limited
(p) 2002 American Recording Company, LLC
With courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment France
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This is not a bad movie if you take off your critics hat
13 September 2011 | by turboisturboSee 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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Country:

France | Mexico | USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colombiana See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,408,176, 28 August 2011

Gross USA:

$36,665,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,508,440
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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