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Colombiana (2011)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 31,147 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 August 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 108 min | 111 min (unrated version)
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  • IMDb page: Colombiana (2011)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 31,147 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 August 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 108 min | 111 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $36,665,854(USA)(30 October 2011)
  • Director: Olivier Megaton
  • Stars: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue
  • Original Music By: Nathaniel Méchaly  Craig Walker   
  • Soundtrack: Ave Maria
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Murder | Assassin | Uncle | Death | Fist Fight

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Luc Besson  screenplay
  • Robert Mark Kamen  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The film will be skipping theaters in Australia and heading straight to DVD and Bluray in early 2012.

Goofs: Continuity: Cataleya knocks over her shoes on the policeman's desk when she is assisted up in her drunken state. The policeman then adjusts the shoes on the edge of his desk, but after the camera cuts to Cataleya being led out, he adjusts them again.

Plot: A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. Full summary »  »

Story: A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target – the mobster responsible for her parents' death.Written by Anonymous  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Bogota, Columbia. A man, named Fabio, is speaking to Don Luis, a drug lord and his boss. Fabio tells him he is quitting and handing over all the book keeping on the cartel to another associate. Don Luis smiles and says he will miss him and they toast to Fabio’s life. Fabio leaves and Don Luis motions to Marco (Jordi Molla), his right hand man. "Kill him!," Don Luis says. No one leaves Don Luis’ cartel.

But Fabio is not stupid. He knows his boss will retaliate at anyone wanting to leave the life of drug smuggling… including him. Fabio takes three guards loyal to him and races home, knowing they have only an hour to leave the country. Fabio gets home and tells his wife, Alicia, that is time. He tells his young daughter, Cataleya, to pack but she says she is already ready. Fabio tells her in case something happens, she should go the American embassy and give them a microchip. It has all the information on Don Luis’ illegal activities. "It’s your passport." He also gives her an address for his brother. Fabio then gives his daughter his necklace that has the Cataleya flower on it. She was named after it, because his mother always grew them. "Never forget who you are." he says.

Minutes later, Marco and numerous cartel members show up and slaughter Fabio’s men. Fabio and Alicia grab guns and try to hold the men off but are killed off-screen. Cataleya sits at the table in shock and listens to the gunfire. She quickly swallows the microchip. Marco and the men come up to Cataleya. Marco pretends to be friendly saying he was a friend of her father but Fabio took something from Don Luis; the microchip. Marco asks if she knows where it is and she nods. Marco asks what she wants. Cataleya leans in close… and grabs a knife placed under the tabled and stabs him in the hand. "To kill Don Luis!" screams Cataleya.

Cataleya scoops through a window and onto a ledge. Apparently her parents taught her skills to survive in case something like this happened. She runs off to escape while Marco’s cartel goons give chase. Despite having parkour runners, men on motorcycles and in cars, Cataleya eludes them by escaping into the sewers. She opens a manhole cover and heads to the U.S. Embassy where she is sent to an agent who asks about her father. Cataleya says he is dead. The man asks if his dad had something, and Cataleya quick forces herself to throw up and gives him the microchip. It has the records of all Don Luis’ activities. The agent looks at her in shock and asks if she realizes what she had. "My passport." Cataleya says.

In exchange for the chip, they get her out of the country and papers. An American CIA agent is escorting her to Miami. Cataleya asks to go to the bathroom and escapes through the window. She gets a bus ticket to Chicago, where her father told her to go. She heads for a seedy neighborhood and asks for Emilio. The man Emilio (Cliff Curtis) is Fabio’s brother, and her uncle. When Emilio sees her, he is over come and hugs her. Cataleya is finally able to let go, and cries in her uncle’s arms.

The next morning, she wakes up in her uncle’s apartment and comes down to breakfast. Her grandmother is there who makes her breakfast. Cataleya asks about whose room she slept in. Emilio looks sad and says it was his son’s room and he is dead. Emilio asks her about a drawing she did and she says she used to want to be like Xena but not anymore. Emilio asks what she wants now. "To be a killer. Will you help me?" says Cataleya. Emilio replies "sure".

The next day, Emilio takes her to a private prep school and bribes the principal to accept her in the middle of the school year. As they leave, Cataleya is mad because she thinks she can learn nothing at school. She needs to learn how to be an assassin. Emilio suddenly pulls out a revolver and shoots at a person driving a car, causing it to crash. He tells her that hired killers are a dime a dozen, he could teach her and she’d be dead in five years. If she wants to do this and be smart, she needs to go to school. She needs to know how people think. Cataleya listens to him.

PRESENT DAY

Two cops are sitting in their car, talking about their wives when they are smashed into by a drunk driver. A woman comes out, incoherently babbling. They quickly arrest her and we can see a flower necklace on the woman. It is Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) all grown up. They take her to the police station.

There, she is booked on DUI and thrown into a cell for the night. She goes to sleep.

U.S. Marshals show up that night with a prisoner. They take him to his cell. Cataleya wakes up. Her whole DUI was a ruse to get into the police station. The prisoner is the target. She changes her clothes into a skin tight black suit, and picks the lock. She grabs a spoon that was in a cup of coffee at her cell. She swivels the cameras away so she is not seen, and grabs some water from the cooler and heads to the electrical room. She rigs the cup and the spoon to cause a spark out and heads into the air ducts. After a few seconds, the water from the cup leaks out enough to short out the power. Cataleya gets through a now stopped fan just before the power is reset. She drops into the men’s restroom.

The cop guarding the prisoner notices he has no coffee and leaves the room. He goes into the bathroom and is knocked out by Cataleya. She drags his body in front of the camera so the door will be reopened. She opens the cell and hits the prisoner awake. She tells him to undo his shirt. He asks ‘why’ and she shoots him several times.

The Marshals hear the gunshots and run to the cell to see the waking up guard with the gun in his hand. Cataleya framed him for the killing to buy her time to escape. The Marshals still search the entire building and Cataleya goes up to the roof to elude them. When the coast is clear, she heads back through the air ducts, finds her cell, locks the door, and changes back into her clothes. By the time the marshals find her, she is laying back down pretending to sleep again. The marshals have no clue what happened.

Cataleya is released the next day after being fingerprinted. She leaves the jail and pulls at her hand. She was wearing fake latex skin that replicated another person’s prints.

Cataleya goes home and dances to some music. She gets a shower and washes herself for a long time.

Cataleya heads to the apartment of Danny (Michael Vartan), a painter and her quasi boyfriend. Danny knows little about her, and only knows her as "Jennifer." Danny and Cataleya have sex and she leaves the next morning without saying goodbye. It is clear she is afraid to show who she really is to him.

FBI Special Agent Ross (Lennie James) comes to the jail and realizes the victim is the latest of a string of murders they have been tracking for the past four years, 22 in all. They call the perp "The Tag Killer" due to the markings the killer leaves on the chest. We see it is the Cataleya flower.

CIA Agent Richard (Callum Blue) travels to New Orleans to a heavily guarded villa. It is the home of Don Luis, who was not persecuted for his crimes. Richard shows him the hit from the jail cells, but Luis denies he had anything to do with it. Richard tells him that the CIA was very nice with him; he got Witness protection and got to continue to run his cocaine smuggling business in exchange for information. But Richard tells him he knows that something is up and Luis knows what it is. After Richard leaves, Luis tells Marco to handle the situation. Luis strongly suspects that Cataleya is behind the killings. As he didn’t kill Cataleya the first time, now he must finish it.

Ross holds a meeting about the Tag Killer and their numerous victims. He concludes that one of the people in the jail killed the target and they need to find out who. Ross also says they need to release the information about the case.

Meanwhile, Cataleya goes to see Emilio. He shows her the paper with her calling card. He is livid, calling the action stupid. Emilio says he promised his brother to protect her. He never wanted her to go down this road. He is always funneling jobs away in order to protect her. Cataleya, defiant, says she CHOSE this path herself and she will not stop until Luis is dead. Emilio sighs and hands her the next job. A hedge manager created a ponzi scheme and stole billions and fled the country. People want him dead.

Ross is at the FBI office going over security footage. Some of his agents think the killer is Cataleya seen on the tape but he cannot believe a woman would be this type of killer.

Cataleya goes to her work office where there are two large dogs who happen to listen to her. She feeds them steaks. Inside, Pepe, a friend of Emilio is there. He handles her weapons and cars. Cataleya goes into a safe and pulls out her fake passports and finds one for Mexico.

Mexico. We find ourselves in the mansion of the hedge manager who lives in opulence surrounded by stunning women he wouldn’t have a chance in hell with if he didn’t have billions. One woman mentions the sharks in the aquarium pool are ignoring her, but the man tells her one drop of blood and they would become her best friend as they ate her. The hedge fund manager tells his security he wants extra men tonight.

Cataleya swims through the aquarium and pushes up a glass cover to enter the mansion. She pulls out a pistol and silencer.

The hedge fund manager gets up and notices Cataleya wrote on him "Thief" and the flower design. He walks around his mansion and notices all his guards are dead. He picks up two guns and heads into the pool area seeing a flower. Cataleya is sitting in a chair and makes her presence known. He tries to shoot her but his guns are empty. Cataleya shoots him in the legs. The man pleads with her to not kill him, he will pay double what she was paid. "I’m not going to kill you." Cataleya says. The man realizes he is underneath the sharks and understands what she meant. He pleads not to let him die, but Cataleya shoots him in the chest and he falls into the opened pool. The blood flows and his sharks eat him alive in seconds.

Back in the USA, Cataleya goes to Danny’s apartment but he left to see about some galleries. She sleeps on his bed and holds his shirt close. It is clear she cares about him, but she is afraid to show it.

Meanwhile, Ross is looking at the Tag Killer calling card when the mailman gives him a vital clue; it is the Cataleya flower that only grows in Columbia. Ross tries to tie it to open cases in Columbia but is denied access due to it falling under CIA jurisdiction.

Ross calls Richard and asks for clearance but Richard dodges the issue. He calls Luis and tells him to handle the problem before Agent Ross starts to connect the dots. Luis sends Marco to track Cataleya down and interrogate every Colombian until it leads to her family.

Danny comes home and Cataleya bought dinner. He is happy and Cataleya kisses him. Danny stops her and asks to sit, eat dinner, and talk some. She asks about his trip and he tells her they want to do a gallery of his work. Danny asks about her trip and she said it was hot and she swimmed some. Danny presses for more but she is reluctant. Danny tells her he just wants to know who she is. Danny asks what she likes for breakfast. "I don’t eat breakfast." Cataleya says. Danny and Cataleya sleep together again.It is now mid day. Danny takes a quick photo of Cataleya sleeping. He wakes her up with breakfast food and tells her they can eat it for lunch. Cataleya freaks out and says she did too much and she has to leave. Danny is flustered, wondering what the hell he did wrong.

Cataleya meets with Emilio. He is livid, having seen the paper. Cataleya has not stopped with her calling card. People are looking for them, showing that eight people were gunned down in a bar, one being a friend of Emilio. "You’re retired." Emilio tells her. Cataleya refuses to quit but Emilio says it is not just about her, it is about the family she has left, she is putting them in danger. When his son died, he killed many people, but it changed nothing and he put his family at risk. Emilio leaves her with a picture of her parents, a reminder of what can be lost. Cataleya sits and cries.

Cataleya goes to church with Emilio and her grandmother. She seems to be ready to give up her quest for revenge.

Danny is at a coffee shop talking about his girlfriend "Jennifer" to a buddy saying he is falling for her but he knows nothing about her. The buddy sees the photo and is shocked on how hot she is. Danny is distracted with his car being ticketed so his friend takes the phone with the photo and calls his sister in law who works at a police station. He asks her to check on "Jennifer" to make sure she is legit so Danny won’t be hurt. The man has no clue what he has done.

Ross is at his computer when it is pinged with Cataleya’s photo. He traces the signal to the other police station, and has the technician arrested as they track the signal further. Ross compares the photo to the security footage at the jail and its a match. Cataleya is the woman who he is looking for.

Cataleya goes home and calls Danny, trying to articulate how she feels about him. Danny mentions the photo and she freaks, asking who else saw it. He mentions his friend as Cataleya checks the perimeter of her apartment. SWAT is there to arrest her. She turns on the shower and climbs into a duct to escape out of her apartment.

She runs through several apartments, and enters one. The tenant tries to make a fuss so she knocks him out. She recovers a harness and a sniper rifle in the man’s bathroom, she previously planted it there. She plants explosives on the wall as Ross and his agents blow the door to her apartment. She uses the harness to slide down the pipes down to the garage. She shoots out the cameras and is able to slide into another air duct before SWAT finds her. She ends up in the subway and she sneaks away.

Cataleya heads to Emilio’s but finds the place ransacked. Pepe is on the floor dead. She finds her grandmother dead in the kitchen, making her break down. She looks for Emilio and finds him tied a chair dead. It was clear he was tortured. Cataleya tells him she’s sorry and screams in a combination of sadness and anger.

Ross comes home and Cataleya is there waiting with a gun. She motions for him to sit. She reveals that she has rigged his chair with a pressure senstive explosive so he shouldn’t try anything funny. Cataleya tells him she’s who he has been looking for. The Cataleya flower tag was a sign to call out Don Luis but it took till now to get his attention. Now he took the last part of her. Cataleya tells Ross he better get the information about Don Luis from the CIA or she will kill a family member once a week until he is as hollow as she felt all those years ago. She promises his bomb will be deactivated as soon as she is as gone which it is.Ross goes to Richard and tells him the situation. Richard will not give up the info. Ross gets a call. It’s Cataleya who tells him either Richard gives her the address or he will die. Richard scoffs since his windows are reinforced glass. Cataleya shoots off a round with her sniper rifle, breaking through the glass. Richard gives him the address. Ross asks about his family but Cataleya hangs up (but she had no intention of harming them anyway).

Cataleya goes to Pepe’s garage. She grabs some guns. She sees the two dogs and looks at them. She grabs the armor truck and drives off to Don Luis’ location.

At Don Luis’ mansion, Marco is directing the men what they face with Cataleya. She is not to be taken lightly. Luis hears something. It is a rocket that is coming their way. Luis barely gets out of the way as it blows up the room. Marco pulls him up and they try to get him out of there.

Four of the men get into a car in order to start a convoy. Cataleya busts through with her truck, crushing the car. She gets out and peppers the car with bullets, killing the men.

In the climatic shootout, bit by bit, she kills off Luis and Marco’s men. Marco place Luis in a safe room while he tries to kill Cataleya. After a few brief shootouts it is just Marco with one other man. Cataleya kills the man then faces Marco with her gun. They begin to fight hand to hand, alternately disarming each other with Cataleya’s handgun. Cataleya turns to using a towel to try and choke him. After awhile, Marco grabs the gun and goes to fire, but Cataleya ejects the clip and rips the slide off the gun and stabs him the neck, killing him.

Luis, realizing all his men are dead, but Cataleya doesn’t know where he is, leaves the panic room and takes one of his vans. He runs into a dead end due to a garbage truck. He receives a call from Marco’s cell. It is Cataleya. Luis tells her that she will never kill him, she never had him. "Actually, I have you EXACTLY where I want you." Cataleya says. Luis looks back and sees Cataleya two dogs. "Eat!" Cataleya tells the dogs. They tear Don Luis apart, making her revenge complete.

Danny was taken into custody by Ross and the FBI. Danny knows little and tells them so. Ross says while he is not under arrest he still has questions to answer. Danny asks for coffee and Ross goes to get it. Danny gets a call from Cataleya. She tells him she’s OK and they have 40 seconds before they trace the call, so that’s enough time to ask three questions. He asks for her real name and she tells him it’s Cataleya. Danny asks if his little bird will return one day (meaning her). Cataleya tells him that maybe one day she can.

An agent tells Ross that Danny is getting a call from Cataleya, and they rush back in.

Danny has only seconds now. "I love you." Danny says which makes Cataleya tear up. Ross orders him to give over the phone but Cataleya hangs up before he can get anything from her. Ross stares at the phone and tells Danny he’s free to go.

Cataleya puts her sunglasses on and gets on a bus for a destination unknown.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Luc Besson known as producer
  • Mariano Carranco known as line producer: Mexico
  • Alex Corven Caronia known as line producer: USA
  • Olivier Glaas known as executive producer: USA
  • Pierre-Ange Le Pogam known as producer
  • Sandrine Molto known as executive producer: Mexico
  • Gareth Upton known as co-producer
  • Ariel Zeitoun known as executive producer: France

FullCast & Crew:

  • Zoe Saldana known as Cataleya
  • Jordi Mollà known as Marco
  • Lennie James known as Ross
  • Amandla Stenberg known as Cat – 10
  • Michael Vartan known as Danny Delanay
  • Cliff Curtis known as Emilio Restrepo
  • Beto Benites known as Don Luis
  • Jesse Borrego known as Fabio
  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson known as Alicia
  • Angel Garnica known as Pepe
  • Ofelia Medina known as Mama
  • Callum Blue known as Richard
  • Sam Douglas known as William Woodgard
  • Graham McTavish known as Head Marshall Warren
  • Charles Maquignon known as Sergeant Bill Attwood
  • Affif Ben Badra known as Genarro Rizzo
  • David Clark known as Marshall
  • Billy Slaughter known as Ryan
  • Nikea Gamby-Turner known as Shari
  • Andrea Helene known as Principal
  • John McConnell known as Smith
  • Sébastien Peres known as Swat
  • Mark De Alessandro known as Swat
  • Pablo Vinós known as Swat (as Pablo Vinos Zelaya)
  • Max Martini known as Agent Robert Williams
  • Tony Dalton known as American Embassy 1
  • Julian Sedgwick known as American Embassy 2
  • Julien Muller known as Doyle
  • Guillermo Ríos known as Emilio's Man
  • Luis Toscano known as Fabio's Man
  • Javier Escobar known as Marco's Gun Man
  • Michael Showers known as Cop
  • Wes Cannon known as Cop
  • Doug Rao known as Michael Shino
  • Reem Kherici known as Nymphette
  • Julie Nicolet known as Nymphette
  • Stéphane Orsolani known as Guy (6th Floor)
  • Steve Herson known as Ticket Agent
  • Richard Zeringue known as Bureaucrat
  • Stephan Brodziak known as Tech FBI
  • William Raymond known as FBI Operator
  • Alfredo Gonzáles known as Old Man (Gardener)
  • Alejandro Peraza known as Head Body Guard
  • Donald Marshall known as William's Servant
  • Mylène Pilutik known as CIA Girl
  • Silas Cooper known as Customs Officer
  • Ariane Brodier known as Alexa
  • Donald Gordon known as FBI Mailman
  • Benoît Lavelatte known as Thug
  • Beau Brasseaux known as S.W.A.T. (uncredited)
  • Gene Bryant known as Car Thug (uncredited)
  • Cedric Burton known as SWAT (uncredited)
  • Nelson Carvajal known as Bus Station Patron (uncredited)
  • Michael Kuster known as Bus Station Patron (uncredited)
  • Grace LaRocca known as Cop (uncredited)
  • Benoit Lavelatte known as Thug (uncredited)
  • Austin Naulty known as SWAT (uncredited)
  • Jim Nieciecki known as Union Station Bus Traveler Flash Back Sequence and Modern day scene (uncredited)
  • Frédéric Pfender known as US Marshall (uncredited)
  • Robert A. Young known as Chicago Police Officer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Stacy Kelly known as makeup artist
  • Vera Steimberg Moder known as personal makeup artist
  • Suzi Ostos known as key makeup artist
  • David Ruiz Gameros known as key makeup artist
  • Aimee Stuit known as makeup artist
  • Aya Yabuuchi known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Colin Bach known as leadman
  • Jorge Barba known as leadman
  • Vanessa Bryant known as prop supervisor
  • Alexandra Capps known as props
  • Philippe Cord'homme known as set dresser
  • Gus Coto known as leadman: New Orleans
  • Jonathan Delerue known as storyboard artist
  • Jonathan Fischer known as art department: production assistant
  • Diego Gajardo known as graphic designer
  • Fernando Gonzalez known as carpenter: Mexico
  • Valentine Gutierrez known as art department trainee
  • Chad Harris known as set dresser
  • Yvan Hart known as chief plasterer
  • Kyle Holden known as property master
  • Barbara Horcasitas known as art department coordinator
  • Carlos Lagunas known as art director: Mexico
  • Anne Le van ra known as art department coordinator
  • Thomas Lechevallier known as second assistant art director (2010)
  • Daniel Leon known as carpenter: Mexico
  • Lindanne Lewis known as painter
  • Armando Lopez known as set designer
  • Arturo Lopez known as carpenter: Mexico
  • Sam Lothridge known as on-set dresser
  • Nidia Maciel known as graphic designer (2010)
  • Rodolfo Martinez known as construction foreman
  • Blake E. Matthys known as on-set dresser
  • Nathalie Pantelic known as graphic designer
  • Patrick Pasquier known as supervising art director: Mexico
  • Anne Pelosi known as assistant art director
  • Thibaut Peschard known as carpenter
  • Noel Rideout known as set dresser
  • Thomas Sedor known as assistant property master
  • Ember Soberman known as lead painter
  • Diego Suárez Groult known as on-set dresser
  • Chere Theriot known as art department coordinator
  • Marcus Turchi known as construction coordinator
  • Sandro Valdez known as assistant art director

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Europa Corp.
  • TF1 Films Production (co-production)
  • Grive Productions (co-production)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • CinéCinéma (participation)
  • A.J.O.Z. Films (executive production)

Other Companies:

  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  camera equipment provided by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  HD dailies telecine transfer
  • Digital Post Services  delivery and international servicing
  • Digital Post Services  quality control
  • Equipment & Film Design  camera equipment provided by
  • Event Restroom  restrooms
  • Film Music Services  composer's agency
  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • Hollywood Trucks  Entertainment Transportation
  • Joan Philo Casting  extras casting
  • Louisiana Entertainment  state film office
  • Pictorvision  Eclipse aerial camera system
  • Silver Screen Supply  location equipment/rentals
  • Volare'  picture cars

Distributors:

  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Film AG (2011) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • TriStar Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment Film Distributors (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • MVP Entertainment (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Film Distributors (2012) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Aurum Producciones (2011) (Spain) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Mongkol Major (2011) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2012) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Stage 6 Films (2011) (USA) (all media)
  • Vicol Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Vicol Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Mac Guff Ligne
  • Special FX International
  • Wolf Stuntworks

Visual Effects by:

  • Aurélien Grand known as retouch and restoration
  • Caroline Journo known as visual effects
  • Romain Moussel known as digital artist
  • Rodney Musso known as assistant colorist
  • Antonin Seydoux known as visual effects
  • Stéphane Stradella known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Belgium 27 July 2011
  • France 27 July 2011
  • Switzerland 27 July 2011 (French speaking region)
  • Canada 26 August 2011
  • Indonesia 26 August 2011
  • Philippines 26 August 2011
  • Turkey 26 August 2011
  • USA 26 August 2011
  • Israel 1 September 2011
  • Bulgaria 2 September 2011
  • Poland 2 September 2011
  • Belarus 8 September 2011
  • Denmark 8 September 2011
  • Georgia 8 September 2011
  • Kazakhstan 8 September 2011
  • Portugal 8 September 2011
  • Russia 8 September 2011
  • Ukraine 8 September 2011
  • Estonia 9 September 2011
  • Finland 9 September 2011
  • Ireland 9 September 2011
  • Norway 9 September 2011
  • UK 9 September 2011
  • Brazil 11 September 2011
  • Czech Republic 15 September 2011
  • Germany 15 September 2011
  • Hungary 15 September 2011
  • Switzerland 15 September 2011 (German speaking region)
  • Spain 16 September 2011
  • Sweden 16 September 2011
  • Armenia 17 September 2011
  • Hong Kong 22 September 2011
  • Netherlands 22 September 2011
  • Greece 29 September 2011
  • Kuwait 13 October 2011
  • Singapore 13 October 2011
  • Lithuania 21 October 2011
  • Thailand 1 November 2011
  • Chile 8 December 2011
  • Argentina 7 February 2012 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 9 February 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language (cut) (theatrical version)

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Posted on April 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , , , .

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  1. Happy_Evil_Dude from Paris, France
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    If there is one French director the non-French general public knowsabout, it's Luc Besson. Even if the name means nothing to you, chancesare you've heard of the films he's had a hand in. Among his most famousfilms are Léon: The Professional (which introduced American audiencesto Jean Reno and Natalie Portman), Nikita (which has been remade intoan American film and two American TV shows so far) and The FifthElement (which nearly 15 years later remains one of the most famousscience-fiction films as well as one of the 10 most expensive Frenchfilms).

    At the dawn of the new millennium, Besson started his own productioncompany, EuropaCorp, which in the last ten years or so has funded itsfair share of diverse movies, both in the French and English language.Nevertheless Europa (as it's known in short) is best known to massaudiences for its numerous, high-octane, medium-budget action films,most of which are written or co-written by Besson himself (often withKarate Kid screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen). Among these are the Taxi,Transporter and District B13 series of films, Wasabi, Taken, From ParisWith Love, Danny The Dog (also known as Unleashed), Bandidas, Kiss OfThe Dragon, Yamakasi, Crimson Rivers 2, Hit-man,… Through thesefilms, Besson is also responsible for introducing the world to Parkour,which seems to have taken over action cinema in the past 5 years (andeven making its way to films such as Step Up 3D).

    Colombiana is another product from Besson's action film factory. Thestory starts in 1992 in Bogota, where some mob guy, Don Luis, orders ahit against a former associate of his who he considers has betrayedhim, and naturally his whole family. Only young Cataleya Restrepoescapes the bloody shootout during an intense Parkour chase (whatelse?), and manages to reach her uncle in Chicago, to whom she swearsthat she'll become a hit-man and avenge her family. Fast-forward andenter Zoe Saldana as adult Cataleya as the rest of the film takesplace, strangely enough, in 2007. With her uncle's help, Cataleya hasindeed grown up to be an awesomely skilled contract killer, havingperformed 22 jobs in 4 years. However, she signs each of her kills witha message destined for her real prey, making her one of the FBI's mostwanted. When the FBI decides to divulge her "serial killer" status, DonLuis and his men know what's up, and all hell breaks loose.

    Much has been said of the film's similarity with Besson's Léon andNikita, with many people musing that the film could just have well havebeen a sequel to Léon with Natalie Portman's character all grown-up andkicking butt (something fans have been dreaming about for years). Now Ihaven't seen Nikita, but while there are similarities between Léon'sMathilda and Colombiana's Cataleya, the two films are definitely not onthe same level. Colombiana is really your typical, run-of-the-millBesson action production, which is really not a bad thing. It is not inthe top-tier of these films (where I place films such as Taken andDanny The Dog), but still a perfectly entertaining romp.

    Viewers concerned with director Olivier Megaton due to the perceivedlack of action in Transporter 3, his previous film, need not beconcerned. The action here is almost non-stop, pretty much to thedetriment of plot. While the story has potential and could make for afilm with a lot more depth, whatever plot is here is minimal to themax, recycled, cliché and basically a hodge-podge of all previoushit-man/revenge/on-the-run-from-the-law films you've ever seen. Thereis absolutely zero character development whatsoever and if you didn'tknow that Cataleya's parents were murdered by Don Luis, you would haveno idea why any of the characters are doing what they're doing. I'm notexaggerating, the Transformers films, heavily criticized for thisreason, have more character development.

    But lack of plot depth isn't really a negative here. More depth wouldhave certainly made it a better film, but Colombiana is stillentertaining as a simple, straightforward, "dumb" B action flick. Likeall EuropaCorp films, production values are top-notch. The expectedParkour chase is kept fresh by having it unfold with a child. ZoeSaldana gives a great physical performance and spends a great deal oftime flitting in and out of vents and the various hits shown in thefilm are all quite cool. The other actors also do fine, though MichaelVartan's character has very little purpose and is actually barely inthe movie. Also this might be the only movie you'll ever see in whichtoothbrushes are used as weapons.

    In short, know what to expect from Colombiana (which literally meansColombian woman by the way), and you'll enjoy it fine. It's astraight-up action movie, no more, no less, very low on plot, high onaction, that falls straight into the heap with the scores of othersimilar Besson-produced films, though it doesn't possess the touches ofhumor that most of his other productions have. In comparison to theother hit-man movies of the year, it's superior to The Mechanic, butway inferior to Hanna (though it contains a lot more action than Hanna,which shouldn't be seen as an action film). This is no Léon: TheProfessional 2, fans can keep hoping that Besson and Portman work thatone out at some point (interestingly, Megaton is first in line todirect if that movie does happen).

  2. armvn from Houston, Texas
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    Colombiana stars Zoe Saldana as a girl from Bogota, Colombia whobecomes an assassin after witnessing her parents' murder. That's prettymuch it. There's really no more, no less. The plot is something you'veseen a million times before and the ending is pretty predictable. Thecharacters are not developed very much but that doesn't matter, muchlike my quibbles with the completely inaccurate shooting locations thatpose as Colombia at the beginning of the movie. This is an actionmovie, first and foremost and the movie moves quick enough not to wasteany chance at seeing a good action sequence. Saldana is good in therole and she does a good enough job anchoring the film. The rest can'tbe said about the rest of the movie. I can't to say it was bad. Butsome of the acting range was wildly uneven. Plus some of the film wasdownright laughable. One scene that really stood out to me was thescene where Saldana's character tells her uncle that she wants to be akiller. He tries to convince her to change her mind by taking out a gunand shooting a moving car in broad daylight! In front of other people!That scene alone should make it a eligible candidate to be included onthe podcast "How Did This Get Made". Now despite my reservations withthe lack of character development and the weak plot, I thought it waspretty entertaining trash. It's the type of movie where you leave yourbrain at the door and have a good time.

  3. klparrish1 from United States
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    I guess some people just expect an award winning movie and actors everytime they step foot into a theatre. I was doubtful about this movie inspite of the decent trailers. From start to finish I was blown awaywith the storyline and its continuous different turns. Maybe its notcompletely original in terms of the overall story, but what movie isthese days. Colombiana keeps you glued to the screen. It has moments oflove and drama, and then it brings out the action and suspense. I havenot written a review in quite some time, but when a movie is receivingundue praise or criticism then i feel obligated to disclose the truthto the public. Do yourself a favor and go see it.

  4. woljm45 from United States
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    I went to a midnight screening last night at Times Square because I'vebeen wanting to see this picture for quite some time. With Colombianamovie posters on every street corner and wall I figured it was going tobe a tremendous blockbuster to end the summer with. Didn't exactly endup that way.

    With some of the names behind this film, I was surprised at theabundance of cheesy bad guys, predictable scenes, and flat supportingcharacters. The only thing that moves this story along is Zoe Saldanaherself with her tremendous presence on screen and beauty, which isbreathtaking. She's very believable as a stone-cold assassin,especially the way she sneaks and crawls around with ninja likeprecision.

    It's too bad they couldn't place Zoe and her character into a betterstoryline and provide her with stronger support. Without giving awaythe ending, there's also a final fist fight scene in the end whichlooked like it was filmed and edited by two high-school kids. Isn'tthis 2011? The technology there was very lacking or done in poorchoice.

    I still would recommend seeing the movie as its not bad-bad and thereare some cool kill scenes, but I wouldn't qualify it as a must-see. Themovie is somewhat groundbreaking only for the fact we have a Latinafemale as the lead role in an action film, hopefully this finally opensto the door for other darker skinned actresses in similar roles, whichhas been long overdue.

  5. samkay1 from Canada
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    There are times when Colombiana almost works, but that's not goodenough.

    The film stumbles in some ways that actually surprised me. For anaction film, Colombiana is inexcusably lumbering. Its rhythm is allover the place, sometimes it's beautiful, sometimes it's broody, butmost of the time it's just kinda boring.

    I really like Zoe Saldana, even though her body is a better actressthan she is. She moves like a ballerina and fights like an anorexictiger, and she even achieves mild success in playing drunk comedicly(in a campy sort of way). It's too bad that most of the film demandslittle of what she's good at and more of something that requires anactor. Colombiana is burdened by too many scenes of poorly written,over-expository dialogue and false emotion. The intention was probablyto give the film some depth, which is reasonable, but here, it's anidea badly executed.

    In a way the vast bulk of the film becomes a build up for the climax.We know where we're going, but it's how we get there that is important,or so they say. I think if the pay off was better, it might've helpedthe movie a little as well, but no. the Climax feels rushed, and loud,and almost devoid of excitement.

    Another thing worth mentioning is that Colombiana is one of those filmswhere the hero gets from a to b using either coincidence or methodsthat are kept from the audience (which is frustrating). I love the factthat in one moment, Zoe has mere seconds to escape a garage turns tothe air vent, and the bolts just happen to be loose enough to unscrewwith her fingertips.

    Columbiana left me with a feeling of shock. It's not a completefailure, but it doesn't end up delivering what it should have. It'salmost a popcorn movie where the audience eats popcorn to stay awake. Ican't say I recommend it.

  6. pevans19-143-93986 from United States
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    If you have seen the trailer then you pretty much know what's coming. Ipersonally thought it was a pretty good flick and the action throughoutthe movie definitely keeps your interest.

    My only thought was that they should have gone ahead and pushed it toan "R" rated movie. With all the action and shooting, I believe therewas almost little to no blood. I know the issue with too much violenceand maybe they were trying to get a younger audience the ability to seethis movie but it was lacking the "pop" factor by whitewashing too manyscenes. Zoe Saldana did a superb job in this movie and I only wish thatsome of the supporting cast could have been on the same level that sheis on.

    IMHO

  7. FivePointReviews from Canada
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    First of all this is NOT a movie about Colombia. The producers may havefailed on representing it but this is not the POINT of this movie. It'san action movie about a girl from Colombia and that's pretty much itregarding Colombia. Don't get all frustrated with it. Here's my quickreview:

    1 – Trailer: I wanted to see this movie mostly based on the trailerwhich I found catchy. Action and sexy Zoe Saldana sells it all. Still Iwent on a cheap night because I wasn't convinced this would be worththe full price entry. What you see in the trailer is what you get. Alot of action left to be seen and overall it's a good intro to themovie.

    2 – Cast & Characters: Ahhh Zoe Zoe! It's hard to watch her rather thanjust stare at her. She delivers a pretty solid performance in thismovie. She goes all around sneaking up the bad guys and taking them outin creative and yet plausible ways unlike Angelina Jolie in Salt (2010)where her 100 pounds character takes out multiple 250 pounds guys infist fights. The supporting characters are your "typical" Mexican(Colombian in this story!) guys that pretty much do nothing other thanholding guns outside a villa and sipping on drink and cigars. Genericpolice guys fill the rest of the cast but I found Callum Blue quiteenjoyable to watch.

    3 – Plot & Story: I think the story is so generic that the littletwists added to the script makes them even more surprising. You alwaysfeel like you know the next move but most of the time somethingunexpected happens. Unfortunately, the script as a whole is a bitsloppy and poorly paced. I didn't get bored at all in this movie andthough the intrigue isn't much catchy, it was enough to keep meinterested. There are many laughable moments (mostly intended) which isfun but the drama is really cheesy.

    4 – Theme & Genre: As an action flick, this one stands right. It isn'ta melting pot of car crashes and explosions out of nowhere. There isplenty of action and a good mix between Hollywood fireworks andrealistic fights. The camera angles and editing sometimes get confusingbut in some scenes they really add something cool to watch.

    5 – Overall Appreciation: Alright let's face the obvious. There is noOscars material here. This will get MTV Teen Choice Awards at best.It's a cheap night movie that is entertaining to watch and where youshould not expect a classic in cinema. Did I appreciate it? Yes! Is itgood? Not bad. I give it 6 out of 10 for Zoe Saldana, good fight scenesand cinematography. Too bad the supporting characters, cheesy drama andpoor script kills it a bit.

  8. beauryker-623-466161 from United States
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    I'm going to begin by saying Besson's Leon is one of the best filmsever made. Screenplay, acting, soundtrack, directing,cinematography,…..every aspect was magnificent. That being said,Columbiana is no Leon. Basically it's just a superficial Jolie filmwithout Jolie. The story is ridiculously expounded, the actors aresecond rate, and the setting is about as morose and uninteresting as itcould possibly be. No one cares about any character in this film. Ithas no heart, and no soul. Just a lot of bangs and booms. If that'syour deal, go see it….although there are better like-genre films towaste your money on. Besson missed his chance at a blockbuster sequelto a classic. This dreg is not it, although I'm sure it was in the backof their minds when they conceived this tripe.

    This film will be forgotten in a month. The comparisons will kill it.Meanwhile, Leon and Mathilda live on forever.

  9. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    Zoe Saldana is a star on the rise, she's strong, beautiful, intelligentand a decent actress. Time to test her star meter as she takes the leadfor the first time on her own in an action film. In Hollywood, it'srare to have an action movie staring a female, you need a good actressto take the lead in order for it to be taken seriously. But myboyfriend really wanted to see this movie because he just adores Zoe, Ithink he just has a good crush on her, but it was his turn for therental. We watched it a couple nights ago and to my surprise withoutany knowledge of the film prior to seeing it, I really did enjoy thismovie. I'm a little surprised at the rating as this is a better moviethat I've seen for a while at least for 2011. I thought Zoe made agreat action star, she was tough, sexy and brought a lot to a typicalstory.

    Fabio, a gangster and drug runner, has a meeting with Don Luis, to payoff his remaining debt and leave his employment. Fabio, however, knowsthat Don Luis will put a hit out on him for leaving with a valuableitem that he holds and wants, a small disk with valuable information onthe drug lords, so he rushes home to prepare his wife, Alicia and hisyoung daughter, Cataleya. Fabio hands Cataleya the item that Don Luiswants, telling her not to lose it and to give it to the Ambassadortelling her that it is "her passport". He also gives Cataleya anaddress in Chicago. She then uses the business card her father gave herto get into the U.S. Embassy and goes to the Ambassador's office. Inexchange for this, they give her a passport and a small amount of cash,and fly her to Miami. She goes to Chicago after and meets her uncleEmilio, who teaches her how to become one of the slickest killers. Shegrows into a strong woman who eventually goes in above her head goinginto a personal revenge plot on her parent's death.

    The story may be predictable, but I liked the way it was handled overall. The action scenes were very tight and exciting. I loved that firstscene with Cataleyna in the jail cell, it was very clever and almostreminded me of Catwoman the way she was just sliding her way throughthings. One thing I wished they would have talked about more was herfeeling so lonely, it's a very brief conversation she has with herlover when he asks what she feels every night and it's never touched onagain. She goes through this tough time as a child and it was just liketo see her as an adult was more about the fighting and not thestruggles she faces at times. But the actors did a good job, muchcredit to the man who played her uncle, Cliff Curtis, who had excellentchemistry with her. The film does need to explain more with the storybut I felt that this was still a good movie with it's action andcharacters. Zoe is a good actress and I can't wait to see her more inthe future.

    7/10

  10. seany_c from United Kingdom
    30 Apr 2012, 8:26 am

    The latest work from Europacorp didn't disappoint me. I love LucBesson's mad action flicks and this was no different. Zoe Saldana isclass as the sexy killer ready to do anything to get revenge on thecriminals who murdered her family. It's territory we've seen over andover but I enjoyed it. The films action, when it comes, is thrilling.There are some inventive kills and a good little straightner at the endinvolving toothbrushes (believe it or not). Saldana will probably comea long way after this in terms of action roles and it's nice to see anactress who can act as well as kick ass. Lennie James is a bit on thedidgy side with an accent that sometimes sounds like a drunken personat an Indian restaurant doing a bad impression of the waiter. He's astill a good actor all the same. I hope they continue to make thesesorts of action films where I can just switch of and enjoy them becauseas long as they make them, I'll watch them. ***/*****.

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