6.41 h 48 min2011X-RayPG-13
A nine-year-old girl witnesses the brutal murder of her parents in Colombia. Taken in by a criminal uncle, she grows up to be a professional assassin - and begins to take down the men who stole her childhood.
Olivier Megaton
Zoe SaldanaAmandla StenbergMichael Vartan
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Jordi MollaCallum BlueLennie JamesCliff CurtisBeto BenitesJesse BorregoOfelia MedinaSam DouglasGraham McTavishCharles MaquignonCynthia Addai-RobinsonAngel GarnicaAfif Ben BadraJordi MollàAfif Badra
Luc BessonAriel Zeitoun
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dragon talesReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not believable for a second.
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Slightly entertaining. The beginning is believable, drug cartel revenge. After that, not one second is believable. There is no reason to identify with the heroine. She's a psychopath. She watches her uncle kill a person just to make a point that she needs to go to school. She's fine with that, as a child. Her relationship with her boyfriend is no relationship, just sex. He knows nothing about her, except he finds out she is a serial killer and proclaims his love for her. Ridiculous. There is no one to root for. Don't care about her, or the cops trying to catch her, at least she's only killing drug dealers. The whole thing is ridiculous.
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MaiTaiReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
This isn't a bad little thriller and Zoe Saldana makes a kick-ass action ...
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This isn't a bad little thriller and Zoe Saldana makes a kick-ass action heroine. But outside of that, this movie is kind of "meh" for me. The problem lies in the lack of character development that La Femme Nikita and The Professional did so well, with less time. And that character development IS important to a story. It's what makes a person able to suspend disbelief in favor or rooting for the characters or not rooting for them.

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.
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RHWReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a Luc Besson movie. If you like his style, you will like this movie.
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I had no idea this movie existed, was on prime looking for something to watch and this came highly rated.

The first thing I learned about this movie is that Luc Besson wrote the script, so the immediate expectation given the casting is for some sort of violent, absurdist movie with a strong female lead. Besson is from my limited experience known for either wacky, polarizing space dramas, or gritty, vengeful, lethal femme fatales...this movie is most definitely the latter.

It's very similar to the Professional plot-wise, except we're dealing with a grown-up and not a kid in this movie. The action sequences are very well done and fairly logical for the most part so there's not a need for suspension of disbelief. There is also an absurdist element put in, where as a kid the main character wants to, well, become a Professional, and her mentor just pulls out a gun and starts shooting people to make a point, that she needs to do this smartly otherwise she'll not last very long...a little weird given her mentor lasts quite a while but whatever, anybody used to a Luc Besson script will likely appreciate absurdist elements like this.

I've seen Anna and the Professional, and this movie is right along those lines, so if you liked those movies you'll like this one too. Zoe Saldana plays a very good lead in this movie, so don't expect some sort of miscasting like Valerian. Not the best Besson movie but nowhere near the worst, I think the charisma of the lead helped quite a bit in making this enjoyable...some of the action sequences were stand-out.
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AdamReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
I totally didn't imagine Zoe as a bada**!!!
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It's an absurd story but that's why we love movies. A young girl witnesses the brutal murders of her parents and instead of freaking out and being placed in a mental institution, her life becomes absorbed with taking revenge and learning everything she can to make that happen including becoming a 'cleaner' or hitman herself while looking for her folks murderers, while keeping her identity anonymous! Little known fact: Before some tweaks, this was actually supposed to be the sequel to Leon: The Professional with Natalie Portman reprising her role. Man, I sure wish that happened! All in all, it's a great action packed movie ! I can't count how many times I've watched and still enjoy the movie as if its my first time watching it..
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
She’s been waiting all her life to exact revenge upon the crime lord that killed her parents
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Columbiana was an interesting action film featuring Zoe Saldana as a killer working for her family’s gang. The twist was that she saw her mother and father killed by a Columbian drug lord when she was young, and ever since then she has wanted revenge.

The film starts with a bang with the assassination of Saldana’s family. Saldana escapes leading to a dynamic chase sequence. It also shows the determination of the main character, which is the driving force behind the story.

The movie is extremely stylish like in a sequence where Saldana poses as a drunk driver to get arrested so that she can carry out a hit. She goes through an elaborate sequence to escape her cell, climb through the jail and end up in her victims cell, and then back again. There’s another scene where Saldana infiltrates a criminal’s compound, swims through a shark filled tank, and then assassinates him by dumping him into that same pool so he’s eaten by his pets.

Saldana does a great job with her character. She’s both ruthless and compelling. The action is well done with some interesting choreography. It’s also fun to see a woman in a genre dominated by men.
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kurokawa misakiReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
"I used to want to be like xena warior princess. Now I want to be killer"
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Plot summary: a young girl watches her parents killed before her eyes,then after escaping being murdered herself, she grows up to be a professional killer to exact revenge.
Things i liked: very little profanity, no nude scenes. Not a lot of bloody gore. the MC did not wear ridiculously high heels in the fight scenes, and no tight outfits with boobs squeezing out. at the same time she's not portrayed as "one of the guys and anything they do I can do it better". But mannnn she can kick azz!
the action starts soon as the movie begins and continues thruout. the ending was perfect, no loose strings.
The dvd itself played with crystal clarity and sound. was delivered fast in durable plastic shipping bag, not in a cardboard was able to fit inside my tiny mailbox.
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MeganReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Way too long and...
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not realistic! The lead has a cute boyfriend that she sees once in a while at her leisure only. You wonder how they ever met and why he puts up with her constant aloofness. We are never told what the chip she offers to the U.S. embassy in the beginning of the movie is but apparently it is significant. Explosion, explosion, bullets and more explosions. She seems to enjoy crawling through air ducts often! The young girl portraying Ms. Saldana at the beginning is the best part of the entire movie. Zoe Saldana plays the role well but it is an unrealistic, one dimensional character.
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Jay LaneReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jolie May as Well Hang It Up!
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Okay, Angelina Jolie may just as well hang it up. We have embraced a new, skinny, gorgeous, female action star! Zoë Saldana is ready for her closeup... (Remember her in "Centerstage" as a teenage ballet dancer?)

When Luc Besson ("Taken") writes the screenplay for a movie to be directed by Olivier Megaton ("Transporter 3"), brace yourself for a LOT of action. In my opinion, Besson has created the adult version of Natalie Portman's Leon-trained assassin from "The Professional." Saldana is a capable, athletic gal who can deliver the goods, and the Besson/Megaton team can deliver an audience pleaser.

Here's who they work with:
* Amandla Stenberg ("The Hunger Games") is perfect as a nine- year-old girl whose parents are killed in Columbia as the film opens. She is the quarry during an exciting chase sequence which starts the action: Leaping off buildings, dashing down alleys, diving into drains... Yup... Parkour... my favorite! This young actress looks like she could grow up to be...
* Zoë Saldana ("Star Trek"), our heroine, orphaned since childhood, an assassin since adulthood, and still seeking revenge for her parents' murder 19 years ago. She is smart, cold-blooded and has nerves of steel. Her vigilantism won't be done till she kills the kingpin.
* Michael Vartan ("Jolene") is her lover, an artist who evidently can't afford a razor blade...sigh.
* Cliff Curtis ("The Last Airbender") is her uncle who gave her a choice when she fled Bogota to Chicago at age nine: Grab a gun and shoot people, or go to school and be really smart about revenge. Guess which she picked?
* Lennie James ("The Next Three Days") is the FBI agent who identifies the mysterious killer behind the deaths of 23 thugs associated with drugs. His biggest problem seems to be the CIA.

This actioner is exciting, Saldana is perfect, and the movie remains carefully PG-13 (three bits of profanity, we don't see any of the bullets splatter blood, and sex scenes fade out as the guy slips off his t-shirt). There is a LOT of gunfire and some really satisfying blowie uppie stuff.

This is entertaining, but be sure to suspend disbelief! I got my DVD from Amazon.
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