Throughout his illustrious film career as writer, producer and director, Luc Besson has crafted many thrillers featuring assassins. Most notably probably La Femme Nikita (Special Edition)(in French), which has now become two different tv series, and remade as an American movie starring Bridget Fonda, which lacked the killer instinct of the original. He wrote the characters for the Transporter movies starring Jason Statham, and the excellent movie Taken (Single-Disc Extended Edition) starring Liam Neeson. Leon - The Professional (Deluxe Edition), a personal favorite stars Natalie Portman in her first screen role, and he wrote Colombiana.
While Colombiana may not distinguish itself particularly when compared with these other movies, what does distinguish it is Zoe Saldana. If looks could kill, she wouldn't need a weapon. So, when a young girl witnesses her parents murdered by a ruthless druglord, she demonstrates strange abilities, makes her way to America, joins her uncle. Picture a 10 year old saying to her uncle: "I want to kill people, can you help?"
So, she becomes an assassin, and finds creative ways of getting into the most secure places. She is like the mist. You may notice something visually captivating, and captivating in other ways too, about watching a woman in a sleek, figure revealing black one piece, doing all manner of things which demonstrate her flexibility and nimbleness, and wielding a weapon. It's quite sexy.
In fact it's fair to say that Zoe Saldana elevates the movie, and shows that she has what it takes to play leading roles, and carry a movie at the box office. Yes, as you expect, you will find the usual crash bang wallop here too.
So, I give the movie 6 out of 10 for quality, 8 out of 10 for style, and I give Zoe Saldana 10 out of 10, for her presence, charisma, and overall sexiness, which makes the movie 8 out of 10.
And if you like this movie, and have not already seen the other ones I highlighted above, I highly recommend you check them out. I think you will enjoy the movie, and I hope you found this review helpful. Comment Permalink