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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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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Venganza despiadada See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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

At the end of the film, before the credits roll, two people can be seen sitting on the bench in the background. However, after Cataleya hangs up the phone, a close up of the bench is shown, with only one person sitting on it. As the bus is departing, the two people are there again. 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

Referenced in Nanoman: Korov'ya grust' (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Composed by Franz Schubert
(p) & (c) The Extreme Music Library Ltd.
With courtesy of Extreme Music France
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Zoe is Great, the Movie.....Mediocre
26 August 2011 | by woljm45See all my reviews

I went to a midnight screening last night at Times Square because I've been wanting to see this picture for quite some time. With Colombiana movie posters on every street corner and wall I figured it was going to be a tremendous blockbuster to end the summer with. Didn't exactly end up that way.

With some of the names behind this film, I was surprised at the abundance of cheesy bad guys, predictable scenes, and flat supporting characters. The only thing that moves this story along is Zoe Saldana herself with her tremendous presence on screen and beauty, which is breathtaking. She's very believable as a stone-cold assassin, especially the way she sneaks and crawls around with ninja like precision.

It's too bad they couldn't place Zoe and her character into a better storyline and provide her with stronger support. Without giving away the ending, there's also a final fist fight scene in the end which looked like it was filmed and edited by two high-school kids. Isn't this 2011? The technology there was very lacking or done in poor choice.

I still would recommend seeing the movie as its not bad-bad and there are some cool kill scenes, but I wouldn't qualify it as a must-see. The movie is somewhat groundbreaking only for the fact we have a Latina female as the lead role in an action film, hopefully this finally opens to the door for other darker skinned actresses in similar roles, which has been long overdue.


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