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From writer/producer Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) comes Colombiana. Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.
As a producer, Luc Besson (The Transporter series, Taken, District B-13) has made extremely profitable B-movie hay out of a fairly strict formula incorporating whisper-thin femme fatales, parkour, Gaultier, and guns. Colombiana, another Besson collaboration with director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3), doesn't exactly blaze new trails, but the combination of Zoe Saldana's fierce performance and a dash of oddball surrealism sure makes the running time zoom by. Purportedly beginning as a sequel to The Professional, the story follows a beautiful South American assassin bent on rubbing out the murderers of her parents. Unfortunately, the closer she gets to her drug lord prey, the more her own loved ones (including Michael Vartan and an amusingly hambone Cliff Curtis) are put at risk. Things go boom, frequently. Director Megaton handles the action with the rapid-cut, blue-filtered zing common to the Besson factory, but things receive a definite boost via the efforts of Saldana, whose performance combines the intensely physical with an appealing soulfulness. Whether slithering through air ducts in a skin-tight cat suit or using a toothbrush as an impromptu weapon, she somehow manages to maintain an air of beyond-the-call gravitas. Also of note are the scenes of the heroine plying her lethal trade, some of which bear the funky logic-defying influence of Mario Bava's great fugue-state caper movie Danger: Diabolik. Ultimately, although the story elements and secondary character motivations rarely hang together, Colombiana's distinguishing marks help place the film somewhere above the level of guilty pleasure. When pitted against the likes of a mobster with a glass-paneled shark tank for a dance floor, reality can take a seat, frankly. --Andrew Wright
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Instead this movie favored some pretty unbelievable action sequences without really giving us enough backstory to believe the characters could do what they would do. In La Femme Nikita we got enough backstory to believe that Nikita could actually be a bad-ass warrior chick who get enough training to be able to figure out how to do what she did. This just felt disjointed and went from amazing little girl who somehow could lead professional killers on a wild chase to full-on Mission Impossible assassin for hire with a side dish of revenge.
There are individual scenes that someone threw into the script just to "have a thrilling scene where a car full of random people are shot up and hit a fire hydrant" that add nothing to the story and made me disbelieve the characters, because no real professional assassin trying to stay off the radar of the world would ever do. And then to stand there in broad daylight with witnesses talking to a little girl while holding a big gun like you're discussing a dance recital she doesn't want to do? Yeah, nope, could not buy that. And it pretty much broke any suspension of disbelief I had in the character from there.
It was fun to see bad guys getting taken out, it always is, but it was just very predictable and something we've seen done so many times that it just felt like paint by numbers action. Again part of what made Nikita and Leon such wonderful, believable characters were the range of emotions they had during and after pulling off their respective jobs. Zoe Saldana's character just seems magically unstoppable and she has about as much emotion as a Terminator when offing someone.
Add to that some pretty giant plot holes and you get a story that while fun to watch isn't much of anything else. I suspect studio heads probably demanded more "cool" action sequences and explosions and therefore the writer or writers just didn't have enough room to make us really care about any of the characters the way we should have. And that's a shame, because the bones of this story were really, really great. It's just that the promise never really materialized and I ended up predicting everything in the film that came to pass.
And I hate that about films. Surprise me, make me fall in love with a character - good guy or bad, I don't care - and I will pretty much be able to ignore things like how a little girl might actually go up against trained killers and at least hold her own. The Professional did that for me, this movie did not.
But please do cast Zoe Saldana in more action roles. She is wonderful, it's not her fault she only had so much to work with and she did an outstanding job with what she had. Others will likely enjoy this film, it's definitely not the worst, just a bit of a disappointment.
However, there is a few new elements in 'Columbiana' that I find lacking in other films of its kind. The title character finds herself in a position of desperation, more often than she cares to admit, and in each instance we are allowed to see a genuine, believable response to the situation at hand. The cast of characters supporting and opposing her likewise have a depth that lends to relating them to real people, drawing one into the plot that much more.
In addition, there's an air of practicality about the effects of the film, which doesn't rely as heavily on overpowered explosions that have become commonplace in film (though there are plenty of them as well). Rather than depending on Bond-esque technology to accomplish her goals, we see more low-tech solutions to issues than anything else, hearkening back to her origins.
More than anything else, the theme of this film is not action, is not revenge, is not romance- though all of these play a part. It is consistently a tale of losing, and finding, and losing one's self. There are so many facets, both to the characters and the plot itself, that any expectations one develops while watching are almost certain to be proven wrong before long.
I enjoyed this film, both for its plot and cinematic appeal, and would strongly recommend it to others.
I always like Zoe's work, however this film put her over the top. It was nice too see a woman of color play the lead in a fast-paced action flick, instead of the girlfriend, the best friend of the lead actress, or the woman in distress.
Zoe keep up the new work. Amazon customers, give this film a chance. If you like action-flicks, you will not be disappointed.
P.S. Little Colombiana was amazing too...