In the action film “Colombiana”, 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.
Cataleya (the name of an orchid) is a young girl who witnesses her parents’ death by mobsters and she grows up to be an assassin. As she so bluntly tells her uncle who raises her, “I wanted to be Xena, a warrior princess, but now I want to be a killer.” Revenge is her motive and she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Zoe Saldana plays her as a split personality: one minute she shoots to kill and knows how to get away during a chase, and the next moment she is tender with a man she loves, her boyfriend named Danny. He doesn’t know who she really is and calls her “Jenny”, the name she has given him. Although a lot of the action is well done, it is definitely stretching credibility when she rides downward on an elevator shaft and cable. She seemed to know how to do too many things. When Danny takes an innocent photo of her asleep in bed, little does he know what harm the photo will bring.
At any rate, what revenge Cataleya achieves (and I won’t give the ending away) is short changed by the fact that her remaining family pays a severe price for her revenge and her lover is left to wonder if “the little bird will ever appear to me again?” “Be sure to leave your window open” she replies.
We learn in this film that revenge is best left to the Lord. The movie contains very strong language and a few bloody scenes, not to mention the sex and drug content hits a three on our chart, so we are unable to award this picture our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.