This is an updated version of my original 2012 article about the film. You can read it here.
Another rising star, best known for her role in James Cameron’s Avatar, Zoe Saldana stars in the action film Colombiana.
The movie stars off well. The plot is painfully simple. Girl’s parents get murdered. She escapes, heads off to a developed country (in this case the US). And gets taught by her boss uncle played perfectly by Cliff Curtis to become an assassin, to avenge the killing of her family.
I used to watch TV series Nikita occasionally and it’s the epitome of bad-girl-wanting-to-get-revenge syndrome. Colombiana uses this motive well in its overall running time. Saldana’s acting was also worthy, not of an Oscar, but on convincing the audience including me that she can pack more than a punch. The best role-playing was done by Curtis, his darkness lights up the whole film.
What encouraged me to watch the film fully? The choreography. Action scenes were decent enough and well-executed, and not overdone. There was no sentimentality involved in the dramatic acts. If you wish to watch a film with a predictable plot but good fighting, then Colombiana delivers the goods.
The Rating: 2.5 out of 4.