Friday, 9 September 2011
Reviewer: J. Leigh
Director: Olivier Megaton
Released: 9th September 2011
A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.
Well, Luc Besson never fails when it comes to action movies. However, Colombiana, in all its rich and sometimes harrowing imagery was somewhat disappointing...
The story begins in Bogota. Cataleya, the young daughter of a Colombian cartel member, is suddenly thrown into a fight for her life after her father and mother are slaughtered by goons of the angry cartel boss! It's amazing that this 8 or 9 year old girl knows parkour?!?
She is given an SD card, an address in Chicago and a business card for a member of the US embassy and takes to her toes. The information held on the card turns out to be so important, it's her passport into the USA...Cliche, i hear you say??
Suddenly, we are propelled 15 years into the future and we find Cataleya lives with her father's brother, from time to time. That is, when she isn't seeking out members of the gang that killed her parents to entice out the cartel boss who ordered the hit!!
Quite frankly, this is a reboot of one of Besson's finest films, Leon. Only, with the focus upon the main protagonist's adult life.
Some really choppy editing in the fight scenes made your head spin and it was very easy to guess what happened next.
Only worthwhile thing to write about is Zoe Saldana herself. Some amazing outfits throughout the film; especially the catsuit.....Mmmmmm.
To be honest, it's a one watch.
Colombiana is out in the UK today (09/09/11) at most respectable and none respectable cinema chains.