Colombiana

Colombiana is a 2011 Stage 6 Films and EuropaCorp action film about a young woman that witnessed her parents murder as a child and grew up to be an assassin in order to hunt down the man that killed her parents.

The film stars Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Lennie James, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue, and Jordi Mollà.

The film is written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.

The film is produced by Stage 6 Films, EuropaCorp, TF1 Film Production, Grive Productions, Canal+, and CineCinema, and is distributed by TriStar Pictures.

Colombiana is directed by Olivier Megaton.

The name Luc Besson has become synonymous with action movies.  With classic films like NikitaLéon: The Professional, and The Fifth Element under his belt as a director and being a producer on films like Kiss of the Dragon, The Transporter, Taken, and From Paris With Love, the man lives and breathes action!!!  So going into Colombiana knowing it was written and produced by Luc Besson, my anticipation was off the charts.  Unfortunately, I walked out feeling less than satisfied and very disappointed.

The overall feel of the movie was just off for me.  The acting was bland, the music was generic, and the directing was unimpressive.  I did however enjoy the story.  While it has been told before, there is nothing better than a good revenge story.

Zoe Saldana does her best as the heroine Cataleya, but due to her body style, just doesn’t feel like she is capable of pulling off some of the things she is asked to do in the movie.  And because of her lack of on-screen fighting from previous films, there is a lot of shaky cam throughout the film in order to compensate, and we all know how I feel about the shaky cam.  I did enjoy the performance of Lennie James as the FBI agent hunting her down.  This man just seems to steal scenes away in whatever he is in, including Human Target and The Walking Dead.  Everyone else just seemed to skate by without any real effort, which is a shame because Rabbit was in the movie!!!

The biggest fault with the film though lies with the director, Olivier Megaton.  This man has now delivered two films to the American public with Colombiana and previously Transporter 3.  While apart of me enjoyed Transporter 3, it is by far the weakest film in the series.  This man seems to have a love for lens filters as Transporter 3 was shot completely with a blue lens filter and Colombiana was shot with a yellow one.  While it does give the film a certain look, it ultimately takes you out of the realm of reality when everything is tinted a certain color.  They work wonders when used correctly.  The best example I can give for this would be The Matrix.  The scenes that took place in “the matrix” were shot with various green filters, while all the scenes in the “real world” were shot with blue filters.  This was to give each world a distinct look and feel.  But to shoot an entire movie that way…I’m jut not a fan.

Megaton also seems to be a huge fan of quick cuts and shaky cam.  For me, that is usually a sign of poor direction.  As a huge fan of action films, unless your name is Paul Greengrass and your film stars Matt Damon, I would prefer you to refrain from using the shaky cam technique.  Only Greengrass has been able to accomplish with success.

The film seemed to drag along at parts.  I do understand they were trying to build up a sense of…actually I don’t know why they did that.  Instead of making an action movie, we got one part spy film, and several parts romantic drama.  I couldn’t care less about the romantic part, but the spy stuff, the literal handful of scenes we did get were a joy to watch.  But it just wasn’t enough.

With a lack of action scenes and drawn out plot, Colombiana stumbles around ever really figuring out what it is trying to do.

a 3 out of 10

(release date: 26 August 2011)

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~ by Matt Whitfield on August 28, 2011.

One Response to “Colombiana”

  1. You have grown a lot as a critic over these last few months. Kudos keep up the good work.

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