Never forget where you came from. Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya Restrepo, a ruthless assassin who witnessed the murder of her parents when she was only 9 years old. Before her father died, he gave her what he called a passport and his necklace with a cataleya flower on it. He said that if anything happens, she must leave Colombia and go to Chicago.
She ends up finding her way there and lives with her aunt and uncle, who is a hit man. She tells him that she wants to be a killer and get revenge on everyone involved in the murder of her parents. We fast-forward 15 years and we see Cataleya doing exactly that. And she's good at it.
Cataleya doesn't have much of a personality. She doesn't have any friends and doesn't do anything but kill. There is barely any development of her character, or any of the characters, for that matter. The movie is jam-packed with action scenes, which are exciting and some are inventive, if far-fetched.
It seemed as though many questions went unanswered. The story starts in the middle of a conflict, but doesn't explain anything that happened before it. The plot isn't uncommon, either. The only unusual detail is that the assassin is a woman.
It gets violent, so I'm surprised it's rated PG-13. But there is some comic relief. Saldana and Amandla Stenberg (young Cataleya) were cast perfectly and played their parts well.
As a person who is a fan of action movies, I enjoyed this movie, even though it isn't a masterpiece. I'd say it's worth seeing. I give "Colombiana" a 6 out of 10 for its typical storyline and undeveloped characters. But it sure is entertaining.
Katherine Grace Marra is a junior at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog www.katherinegracem.tumblr.com .
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