Europa Corp., TF1 Films Production, Grive Productions
Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Jordi Mollà, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue, Lennie James, Amandla Stenberg, Max Martini, Graham McTavish
Young girl Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) watched as her whole family was assassinated by a cold blooded drug warlord. She was the only one spared, so she spent her life preparing to get revenge. She had evidence from her father that bought her a trip to the US to stay with her Uncle who granted her wish to be trained as a killer. When she got older, she spent her days as a hit man for her Uncle, but in her spare time, she searched for the one who killed her family.
This is a movie with very little story. It’s just a revenge, drug cartel, murder and payback film to the nth degree. Zoe is a bad ass stone cold killer, for sure, but there’s nothing much else going on here at all. If you’re a fan of murder/assassin/ninja killer movies, then this probably has all you need, but for me I would like a little story with my film, please.
This has been a hard week for new DVD releases. Larry Crowne was a disappointment. Then Straw Dogs was a pale remake of the great original, now this one, Columbiana. Three new movies this week that all should have been good and all were disappointments. I agree that Zoe did exactly what she was supposed to do, kill without remorse, revenge at all costs. She handled the physical portion just fine. But there’s no real heart here. What do you do when you finally get revenge? If there’s nothing else in your life, then I guess it’s over at that point. How sad for her.
If you’re a fan of violence, violence, and move violence without the distraction of any substance in the film, then for goodness sake, watch this. But if you’re looking for something with a little more substance, this is a hollow piece of work.
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