Colombiana can be found at theaters across the OKC-Metro area, including: The Warren of Moore, Harkins of Bricktown, and AMC at Quail Springs.
Approx. Run Time: 107 Minutes
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue
What do you get if you take a revenge motive, a beautiful woman, the action genre, and little to no energy or adrenaline? Colombiana. It’s as if someone crossed Taken with Salt and completely drained the product of any excitement or fun. It only exists to move from one action/kill scene to the next, ending in a completely over-stylized, and drawn out conclusion that is as cheesy as it is predictable.
Earlier this year Hanna showed that an action movie about a young woman’s revenge could be fun, smart, thrilling, well directed and paced, with a poignant ending. Colombiana completely backtracks from this achievement, and falls short of being good in any capacity. It is everything that is wrong with the genre of revenge-themed action movies.
Colombiana is shallow; it is a movie that should invest us with our main character. And they attempt to do that. It just doesn’t work as well as it should. It is understood very early on, that this is a movie that will be focused on action. In the early minutes of the movie, there is an on-foot chase scene through the streets of Bogota, Colombia. This is only the beginning of the many well-directed action-kill sequences throughout the movie.
If the movie can boast anything, it is well-directed action scenes and strong visual style. It looks good, but there’s nothing below the surface. Director Olivier Megaton gives us some clever sequences that allows for Zoe Saldana (our films heroine, Cataleya) to sneak around in skin tight outfits to complete the hits she has been assigned.
It’s the moments between these sequences where the movie loses footing. There isn’t enough plot or character development to keep the ball rolling. It is a movie that is also lacking the energy and adrenaline that fueled movies like Taken and Salt. Those movies were fun and enthralling. They weren’t complex in any way, just fun. But they relied on characters we got to continuously learn about.
Final Decree: Colombiana is just another throw away film that will mean nothing in a month’s time. It had some fun moments, but ultimately forgettable. I wouldn’t watch it again, and don’t really recommend it. If you have to watch it, wait for it to go to the Dollar Theater. Or just wait for Redbox or Netflix.