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Colombiana (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 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.

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 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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Details

Country:

France | Mexico

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:

$69,015,854
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The memory card being used at the beginning of the movie, which the young Colombiana swallows then vomits up, is a SmartMedia card, manufactured by Toshiba in 1995. When the agent is wiping it off, you can see the silver circle under his thumb. This was the write protect sticker. He then puts it in a floppy adapter which made it readable by any PC with a 3.5" floppy drive. See more »

Goofs

The young Catleya is shown riding to Chicago on a Trailways bus. Her next appearance after the bus ride puts her in Union Station which is just west of the Loop. The Chicago Trailways terminal is on the far south side, and even though some facilities are shared with Greyhound bus lines, the Greyhound terminal is not at Union Station. 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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Glory Box
Written by Geoff Barrow (as Geoffrey Barrow), Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
Performed by John Martyn
(c) Chrysalis Music Ltd
(p) 1998 Independiente Ltd
With Courtesy of Independiente Limited
Courtesy of Chrysalis Music France SAS
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I've seen this before, you've seen this before
26 August 2011 | by Legendary_BadassSee all my reviews

Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) is a hired gun who embarks on a quest for revenge despite the wishes of her mentor and assistant (Cliff Curtis). This means taking down the CIA informant who had her parents murdered before her eyes.

I've seen this before, you've seen this before. One of the writers, Luc Besson, even wrote and directed the two movies Colombiana most closely resembles. There are some new tricks in store, and the strictly business attitude is refreshing. Director Olivier Megaton takes a tale as old as storytelling itself and gives it vibrant colors as well as reasonable plausibility.

Zoe Saldana is a good lead despite minimal lines. That's not a bad thing as smart screenplays take advantage of the on screen action instead of blatantly relaying the information to the audience through sound. When Cataleya works her way into a ventilation shaft she doesn't have a guy in van putting words in her ear. Furthermore, Saldana slender frame is built for the action depicted. Seldom did it seem that trickery was needed to accomplish a leap. Cataleya isn't shown to be a Jackie Chan kungu fu acrobat capable of literally kicking the hindquarters of an entire team of guards then flipping into hiding—she plays with guns.

There's plenty in the way of loud noises and mischief, but a major flaw is pointed out by Cataleya's boyfriend Danny (Michael Vartan). He begs Cataleya for information about herself at just about the same time as the audience. There's a giant gap of 15 years time between Cataleya's arrival in America and her present day activities. Without any on-screen training the jump in the character feels undeserved, as do her relationships. Cataleya is simply already with Danny. The guys she's after are hardly worth mentioning since all parties are isolated. She doesn't even come face-to-face with one of her top targets.

Colombiana plays out like Leon: The Professional had Natalie Portman's character grown into a cleaner herself and her backstory was unoriginal. This shouldn't be a surprise as both films are written by Luc Besson, nor should it be a shock that the earlier film is far better in large part due to tension and bonding. The amount of action that must take place off camera to maintain the PG-13 of this very tonally serious film is heartbreaking. How can an audience share in the delight of revenge when we must look away?


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