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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent action movie is all about killing and revenge.

Movie PG-13 2011 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 16+

Great movie but not for teens.

Common Sense miss spoke when it stated no nudity. In the shower scene from the top angle her nipple is seen. Gotta pay closer attention CSM
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age 15+

Once they go to the restroom you know something interesting is going to happen

The story is a bit contrived but is still very entertaining. Saldaña sells it...however impossible the stunts seem. The film revels in it's extreme and cartoon-ish violence. Every time she went to the restroom I knew there was going to be some elaborate jump out of a window. Although predictable in many spots I enjoyed seeing Saldaña "convince" the CIA to help her.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (10):

Overall, the movie has enough clever chases, break-ins, and escapes -- not to mention a sweet, small tragic romance -- to make it worthwhile. But this isn't one of Besson's stronger efforts. It's by turns effective, silly, and sluggish, sometimes forgetting the usual slick, lightweight mood of Besson's best films. Colombiana has a great deal in common with Besson's films La Femme Nikita and The Professional, but it lacks the former's pathos and the latter's warmth.

Though producer/writer Luc Besson has endorsed a stable of good action directors over the years, Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) is one of the most bombastic; his action is a little less slick and a little harder than that of his colleagues. Here Besson and Megaton have focused on a female character shaped by violence as a young girl who grows into an adult life of irredeemable killing and revenge.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 26, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: December 20, 2011
  • Cast: Cliff Curtis, Michael Vartan, Zoe Saldana
  • Director: Olivier Megaton
  • Inclusion Information: Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors, Black actors, Latinx actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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