Movie review: Colombiana

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"Avatar's" Saldana can't save Colombiana's many plot holes. (photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)


Rated PG-13, 107 min. Directed by Olivier Megaton. Starring Zoe Saldana, Jordi Mollà, Lennie James, Amandla Stenberg, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis.

By Tori Garza | Staff | September 2, 2011

“Payback is beautiful.” That is the tagline for Oliver Megaton’s  (“Transporter 3”) latest work “Colombiana” starring “Avatar’s” Zoe Saldana — a fast paced action flick with one too many plot holes.

Amandla Stenberg plays the young Cataleya, a vicious nine year old who watches her parents die at the hands of a drug lord. She vows her revenge upon him and all who are associated. If anything Cataleya can keep a promise. Flash forward 12 years and she is a professional killer (Saldana) working under the hand of her harsh but loving uncle (Cliff Curtis) living out her vow to seek and destroy the drug lord and his counterparts.

Cataleya manages to accomplish all of this while keeping the appearance of being nothing more than slightly mysterious to her oddly unobservant boyfriend (Michael Vartan), not to mention evading the detective that is tracking her (Lennie James) 22 times in a row.

The plot of Colombiana was outlandish at best and hilarious at worst and although it did have its redeeming qualities, it wasn’t quite enough to balance out the scales.

The movie was seemingly filmed to distract you from the lackluster plot by supplying a beautiful and scantly clad woman who makes a habit of toting around guns that are larger than she is. Unfortunately, that tactic doesn’t work on all of us.

If you’re looking for back to back action and some considerably creative fight scenes then this very well could be the movie for you, but if you’re looking for a story to captivate and entertain you then perhaps you should consider another flick.

Overall movie grade: C-

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