Colombiana is the latest movie from Luc Besson’s Europacorp the people who brought you Nikita, Leon, The Hitman and Transporter 3. The movie is directed by Olivier Megaton, Besson’s explosively named action guru.
Crimezine loves Colombiana—a fast paced tale of vengeance and murder starring the gorgeous Zoe Saldana, star of Avatar and Star Trek. The movie is a marvelous action filled romp in the vein of The Bourne movies and Besson’s Nikita.
In the opening scenes we see 10-year old Amandla Stenberg stabbing a Colombian Drug Lord in the hand, after the nasty, nasty man has just killed her parents. Cue a high voltage escape scene and pretty soon the young girl has run away to live with her incorrigible uncle in Chicago, a man who proves to be far from the ideal parent.
Cut 15 years to the future and the naughty young missy who escaped from Colombia is now a full on killer herself, working hit gigs for her bad boy uncle. Trouble is, she won’t let bygones be bygones and the Drug Lord who killed her parents soon figures out that the young girl who slipped through his clutches is a threat to be eliminated, no matter what the cost.
Colombiana, written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, will seem strangely familiar to aficionados of this action movie subgenre. Indeed many story cues have been creatively ‘recycled’ from other classic Drug Lord action movies. At times this can be distracting, but there is much to recommend this gloriously far fetched crime romp, including the best break into jail sequence Crimezine has seen for quite some time. Colombiana also wins the best way to disarm a person who is pointing a gun at your head award. This sequence alone is reason to see this movie. Awesome!
So if you fancy 104 minutes of full throttle crook-killing cheekiness this holiday season Colombiana is the movie for you, though Crimezine suspects cinema goers will prioritize the new Holmes/MI4 franchise offerings first.