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Colombiana

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Violent action movie is all about killing and revenge.
  • Review Date: August 26, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's overall message is one of revenge, and the main character destroys everything in her life to carry it out. 

Positive role models

The main character's life has been shaped by violence and revenge. She kills in cold blood and rarely pays any consequences for those actions. All of her relationships suffer, and she loses almost everything important in her life. She sometimes weeps at these losses, but it's hard to imagine that she would have changed anything.

Violence

For the film's first half hour, there's incredible violence as experienced by a 9-year-old girl. Her parents are murdered in front of her. She stabs a man in the hand and leads several other men on a high-action chase. She climbs and jumps from high heights. The men shoot at her, but she escapes. As an adult, the main character devotes her life to revenge and killing. She shoots and kills several men. Viewers see dead bodies and blood. There are hand-to-hand fights, stabbings, and explosions. Men are devoured by both sharks and dogs (mostly off screen).

Sex

The main character and her boyfriend have sex, though nothing is shown. A bad guy goes to bed with four voluptuous, bikini-clad women, though there's no nudity. The main character appears in an array of sexy outfits, including a slightly see-through tank top in one scene, and underwear in another. She also takes a shower (nothing sensitive shown). Brief innuendo.

Language

Language is strong but fairly infrequent. Words include one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bastard," "son of a bitch," "ass," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

A character has an iPhone that's prominently on display.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults -- mainly the bad guys -- drink cognac and champagne and smoke cigars in a background kind of way.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this action movie from producer/writer Luc Besson (The Transporter, Taken) is rated PG-13, it's very violent and intense, revolving around the brutal murder of a 9-year-old girl's family and her subsequent dedication to revenge. There are lots of killings, and the main character kills without any punishment (except for the fact that she has lost all of her loved ones). There's no nudity, but the main character (played by popular Avatar actress Zoe Saldana) wears an array of tight/revealing outfits -- including a see-through tank top -- and there's lots of sexual suggestion. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and more than one use of "s--t." Bad guys drink cognac and smoke cigars from time to time.

What's the story?

As a 9-year-old, Cataleya sees her mother and father killed by Colombian kingpins. She escapes to Chicago, where she's raised by her gangster uncle (Cliff Curtis). She grows up with a thirst for revenge and killing; she becomes a contract killer (played by Zoe Saldana) but carries out her own secret revenge on the side, leaving calling cards -- a drawing of an orchid -- in the hopes of reaching the big boss. Unfortunately, Special Agent Ross (Lennie James) is hot on her trail, and she has made the mistake of finding a part-time boyfriend in artist Danny Delanay (Michael Vartan). Can Cataleya complete her longtime goal before the trail of dead bodies becomes too much?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How is the violence portrayed in the scenes with the 9-year-old girl, as opposed to the scenes with the grown-up character?

  • What message does the movie send about revenge? Does it make you feel better to "get back" at someone who has wronged you? Is violent vengeance ever justified?

  • Is the main character a heroine? What makes her interesting?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 26, 2011
DVD release date:December 20, 2011
Cast:Cliff Curtis, Michael Vartan, Zoe Saldana
Director:Olivier Megaton
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

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Kid, 9 years old August 27, 2011

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In the ad for this movie they say "Never froget where you came from" like 100 times!
Adult Written byjoshua martinez September 20, 2011

15 and up.

this action movie Colombiana stars with Zoe Saldana is a awesome action movie but parents this movie Colombiana has a lot of intense violence some sexuality some strong language used and some mild drinking and smoking used.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byMovielover5689 September 9, 2012

Good Action Movie

Colombiana is a great movie , but it has some violence in it like: punching, shooting guns, and driving cars into people , it has 1 F-bomb and a couple mild obscenities, and mild sexual content , it's nothing a 13 year old could handle , its rated Pg-13 not R , but get the Pg-13 version not the Unrated one, it shows a lot more in that version than the Pg-13 one.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing

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