COLOMBIANA

She Kills You, Then You, Then You

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Release Date: August 26, 2011

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Cliff Curtis, Jerry Mollá, Max Martini, Lennie James

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers to adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 107 minutes

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Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Content:

(PaPa, C, B, LL, VVV, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview, with some church scenes and images of the cross and heroine attends church to see her grandmother but she herself has no personal faith; 17 obscenities, four strong profanities and child vomits; very strong violence includes child stabs man, man shoots at car for no reason, many people machine gunned down, house destroyed by bomb, large car runs over and totals other car, man beats other man, sharks eat man to death; two sex scenes plus kissing; upper male nudity, girls in scantily clad outfits, girls in underwear, woman undresses multiple times but just her back is shown; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and smoking hooka; and, revenge motif throughout, lying, emphasis on loyalty to family is not redemptive.

Summary:

COLOMBIANA is a popcorn thriller about a female assassin gunning for the Colombian criminals who murdered her parents. Though entertaining, COLOMBIANA is completely focused on killing for revenge, with some foul language, sensuality and very strong violence.

Review:

COLOMBIANA is a popcorn thriller with a twist: the hitman is a woman, Cataleya, played by Zoe Saldana. The whole plot is based on revenge, with very little redemptive values besides a stress on family loyalty.

At the age of nine, Cataleya witnesses her father and mother’s death by the Colombian criminals with whom her father was dealing. Immediately running from the criminals, Cataleya runs to the United States Embassy to hand over a chip that has all the contact information for the top criminals in Columbia. The Embassy provides Cataleya with a passport and flies her to the States, where she makes her way to find her uncle.

Cataleya learns her whole family has been in the killing business, including her uncle, who decided to kill because his son was killed. Knowing this, Cataleya decides to that she wants revenge for the death of her parents. Still 9-years-old, she begs her uncle to teach her how to be a killer.

Years later, Cataleya has killed 23 people and has been marking them with a drawing of the Colombian flower from which she got her name, which the government uses in their attempts to find this killer. Seeing the drawings and killings in the paper, the Colombian criminals who killed her parents know that Catalyea is coming for them next.

COLOMBIANA is completely focused on killing for revenge. In the end, it just leads to a lot of pain. Completely alienating everyone she knows and focusing only on killing, Cataleya leads a lonely life and there are no signs of asking for forgiveness or redemption.

COLOMBIANA is entertaining with your basic action thriller storyline, but the strong pagan worldview sends immoral messages. The stress of loyalty to family is the one and only good point in COLOMBIANA, but it’s not developed in a way that would make this a more inspiring, uplifting movie. COLOMBIANA also has some foul language, sensuality and very strong violence.

In Brief:

COLOMBIANA is a popcorn thriller with a twist: the hitman is a woman. At the age of nine, Cataleya witnesses her father and mother’s death by the Colombian criminals her father was making deals with. Immediately running from the criminals, Cataleya runs to the United States Embassy and finds her uncle in the states. Cataleya learns her whole family has been in the killing business, including her uncle, who decided to kill because his son was killed. Knowing this, Cataleya begs her uncle to teach her how to be a killer. Years later, Cataley has killed 23 people, and the Colombian criminals who killed her parents figure out she’s coming for them.

COLOMBIANA is completely focused on killing for revenge. While it’s mostly entertaining, the movie’s strong pagan worldview sends immoral messages. The stress of loyalty to family is the one and only good point, but it’s not developed in a way that would make this a more inspiring, uplifting experience. COLOMBIANA also has some foul language, sensuality and very strong violence. There are certainly better, more inspiring action movies out there this summer than COLOMBIANA, such as CAPTAIN AMERICA.