“Colombiana” takes the saying, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," to an erratic level.
Cataleya, as a child, watched as her parents were murdered by the order of a Colombian drug dealer. Even as a girl, she proved to be ruthless and cunning by managing to escape Colombia after dodging gang members.
When she finds refuge at her uncle’s house, she’s determined to become a professional assassin and to murder the accomplices in her parents’ death. As a sign to those responsible for killing her parents, a flower from where her name originates is left behind after each assignment. Cataleya’s “calling card” captures the attention of an FBI agent eager to make an arrest.
The obstacles that Cataleya go through require great skill, flexibility and agility. Zoe Saldana does this effortlessly and emphasizes an intensity and focus that is unlike any other role that she’s done. Her character is relentless, volatile, and blind. Cataleya’s actions and goals are, in her mind, justified in what she has been through and the consequences aren’t realized until the few people lives that she does care for are at risk.
“Colombiana” is a movie that’s sole purpose is for entertainment. Where it shines in action, it dramatically lacks in substance. Cataleya’s personality traits do not suggest that she have a love interest. It seems more like an attempt from writers to make Cataleya less of a flat character. Danny’s only useful role provides for a convenient lead to track down Cataleya.
While the story is entertaining, the editing is poorly constructed. Each scene by itself works as its own story, but when they are put together in the order they are presented to us, it makes less sense relative to the overall plot.
Jim’s Rating: 5/10