Colombiana: Vengeance Is Beautiful
Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.
Colombiana is an American action film, co-written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Megaton. The film stars Zoe Saldana in the lead role with supporting roles performed by Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Callum Blue, and Jordi Mollà.
In 1992, Bogota, Colombia, Fabio Restrepo (Jesse Borrego), has key information about drug lord Don Luis Sandoval (Beto Benites). However, Don Luis fears that Fabio will be pulling a hit on them, so he sends his henchman Marco (Jordi Mollà) to kill him. Fabio gives his nine-year-old daughter Cataleya (Amandla Stenberg) the information Don Luis wants and tells her it’s her “passport”; he also gives her the address of her Uncle Emilio (Cliff Curtis), a criminal in Chicago, who will take care of her if she finds herself alone.
The last thing he gives her is something that will keep her safe: his mom’s necklace, the cataleya orchid. Fabio tells her to sit at the kitchen table and not move no matter what. After saying their goodbyes, Fabio and his wife Alicia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) leave to battle Marco and his men but both of them are gunned down as Cataleya listens from the kitchen. Marco tries to manipulate her into giving the information.
When he asks what she wants, she stabs him in the hand with a kitchen knife, saying “To kill Don Luis”, and escapes. She safely makes it to the U.S. Embassy and gives the Embassy the information in exchange for a passport and passage to the United States. She escapes to the airport, where she makes it to the US and takes a bus to Chicago. Once she finds Emilio, Cataleya asks him to train her as an assassin.
Fifteen years later, a 24-year-old Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) has become an accomplished assassin. Her uncle serves as her broker, providing her with contracts. She is assigned to kill the notorious gangster Genarro Rizzo (Affif Ben Badra), who is currently in police custody. Implementing an elaborate plan, she gets herself arrested while dressed in a disguise. She manages to escape from her cell with tools she hid in her disguise, travel through the ventilation system, successfully kill Rizzo, and return to her cell. The next morning she is released.
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Callum Blue, Jordi Mollà, Amandla Stenberg, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Beto Benites, Ofelia Medina
Screenplay by: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Production Design by: Patrick Durand
Cinematography by: Romain Lacourbas
Film Editing by: Camille Delamarre
Costume Design by: Olivier Bériot
Set Decoration by: Philippe Cord’homme, Ryan Martin Dwyer
Art Direction by: Gilles Boillot, Franckie Diago, Carlos Lagunas, Pascal Leguellec, Fanny Stauff
Music by: Nathaniel Méchaly, Craig Walker
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language.
Studio: Sony Pictures
Release Date: August 31, 2011