Columbiana

Columbiana

1992. Colombia. Nine-year-old Cataleya witnesses her parents’ murder. Barely escaping the massacre herself, she takes refuge in the United States with Emilio, her gangster uncle…Fifteen years later, Cataleya works for him as a hit woman. Her calling card — an orchid drawn on the chests of her victims — is a message to her parents’ assassins. For Cataleya is determined to see her vengeance through to the bitter end… even if it means losing everything she loves. 2.3 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
Columbiana

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Action / Adventure, Drama
Director Olivier Megaton
Cast Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Jordi Molla, Lennie James, Cliff Curtis Zoe Saldana
Studio Entertainment UK
Release Date September 2011
Running Time 107 mins
 

1992. Colombia. Nine-year-old Cataleya witnesses her parents’ murder. Barely escaping the massacre herself, she takes refuge in the United States with Emilio, her gangster uncle…Fifteen years later, Cataleya works for him as a hit woman. Her calling card — an orchid drawn on the chests of her victims — is a message to her parents’ assassins. For Cataleya is determined to see her vengeance through to the bitter end… even if it means losing everything she loves.

Reviews

The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

[Luc Besson] creates a framework for Catalaya to get from point A to point B in the most exciting fashion possible, and if that requires some cornball romantic entanglements, a dash of government corruption or more coincidences than a session with a mystic then so be it.

10/09/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

An amusingly stupid action-vendetta flick that splices Nikita with Salt

09/09/2011

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

A thriller undone by its own dramatic pretensions.

08/09/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The fact that its deadly protagonist happens to be a woman...has no novelty value.

11/09/2011

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Empire Magazine

David Hughes

Director Olivier Megaton attacks the material with all of the subtlety his surname suggests, leading every scene to thud to the floor like slabs of meat — sometimes overcooked, sometimes undercooked, always rotten.

13/09/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

[A] fantastically ridiculous, toweringly humourless action-thriller.

08/09/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

It's as slick as an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as fast-moving as hurricane Emily and as memorable as an episode of The A-Team.

11/09/2011

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