15 Jan

Director: Olivier Megaton

Writers: Luc Besson (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay)

Stars: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 108 minutes



Within the last few years we have had Hit Girl in the film Kick Ass (fantastic) and we have had the eponymous Hanna (not so good) blazing a trail for strong female action leads. Today we also have Haywire on general release and this film Colombiana fresh to the rental and download market. So it is clear that the likes of Jason Statham now have genuine female company in the busting heads department. The trend no doubt reflects broader socio-economic developments, but that discussion is better served another day. For right now we have Zoe Saldana as the Colombiana.

This is written and produced by Luc Besson who has consistently supported the female action hero with the likes of Nikita and Joan of Arc. The basic revenge / assassin story is highly similar to Besson’s best film Leon. In fact, one could argue that Saldana’s character is the adult version of Natalie Portman’s from that 1994 classic. Both are out to pay back the drug dealing murderers of their parents and both seek training in the ways of the hired assassin whilst plotting their revenge.

Colombiana has a very simple story, but is almost more watchable for it. It moves along quickly enough with a couple of decent set pieces and Zoe Saldana just about holds it all together. It is hardly thought provoking and the CIA character and plotline on the edge of it is highly implausible. However, for about 100 minutes of easy action and unchallenging fun it is not a bad option. And some of the sly Scarface references are actually quite clever.

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