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Columbiana

Title: 
Columbiana
Year: 
2011
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Magaton, Oliver
Language: 
French
Country: 
France
Genre: 
Crime Thriller
Actors: 
Zoe Saldana
Actors: 
Callum Blue
Actors: 
Michael Vartan
Film Reviews: 

Luc Besson reprises his 1994 hit Léon, as the screenwriter of this fantastically ridiculous, toweringly humourless action-thriller directed by Olivier Megaton, whose surname may have caused him to be pigeonholed professionally and never invited to craft a tremulous work of social realism. Colombiana is set in the mean streets of Bogotà and many a US city. Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya, who as a little girl sees her drug-dealing parents murdered and instantly conceives the charming ambition to be a cold-blooded assassin. However, because she's supposed to be a goodie, she only kills bad people. Naturally, her ambition is to find the murderers; this she does by killing loads of random people (relax – only bad people), hoping that the resulting press coverage will come to the attention of her enemies, who will then come for her and she can smoke their asses. What a very laborious plan it sounds. Occasionally enjoyable in a silly way, but I have to say Besson's preoccupation with the little-girl-becomes-killer trope is looking a little unwholesome.

Date Arrival: 
9 January 2012

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