COLOMBIANA” = 6 ½
We went to see “Colombiana” expecting a middle-of-the-road movie, knowing it would be laden with flying bullets, crashes and super human survival skills. We chose this picture because we ran out of choices. (The best movies are due out in the fall) When all was over, we walked out saying, “Hey, that actually wasn’t such a bad picture.”
Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya Restrepo, a hit woman from Colombia who had witnessed the killing of her parents when she was a small girl. Now grown, and living in the United States, she has morphed into a hard-nosed, blood-lusting murder machine until she finally comes face-to-face with the killers of her father.
However contrived, there is a basic plot, with good guys and bad guys, and an interesting take on romance with a fellow to whom she cannot reveal anything about herself. Perhaps because Zoe is eye candy for most males in the audience, I found myself engrossed in her style, her good looks and her amazing physicality.
The movie has its share of fights and shootings, but at a more temperate level than a lot of other junk films of similar genre, because it also stuck to a story. Another refreshing departure from the norm, is the moderation in which vulgarities and gratuitous sex scenes are kept at a minimum.
The cops? Well, it’s a movie, I won’t pick on them too much. One “gotcha” was all wrong, which is the director’s mistake. It has to do with President Obama. Check it out, and let me know if you find it.
No big stars in this picture. However, keep a watch on the young girl who plays Cataleya as a nine-year-old, Amandla Stenberg. This is a stunning youngster who shows great promise to be a first class movie star in years to come.
The movie is unreal, implausible, silly in spots and full of inhuman acts. But knowing that ahead of time, you’ll find it truly entertaining and worth a couple hours of escapism.