Theatrical Release: August 26, 2011


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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: An unmarried couple kisses passionately and they have implied sex outside of marriage; a rich man heads to bed with five or six scantily-clad women after making a thrust motion at them; a woman wraps her legs around a man.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-7; J/JC-3; For Chri*t's sake-1; B-2; Bas*ard-2; SOB-1; F-1; F (the sound of the letter)-1; D-2; H-1; A-1; S-6; "Idiot"-1
Violence: A lot of shooting and people killed; some with blood seen on them; a car is shot up; a girl stabs a man in the hand; a man is stabbed in the neck; a man is shot point blank in chest and there are bloody bullet holes; corpses are seen; several people are shot at start of film; a man is shot and falls into a pool of sharks; several people from a family are seen dead and a man is bloodied and sitting in a chair and it appears he was tortured; another character is tortured near the start of the film; explosions from missiles and a few places are obliterated; a machine gun is used to shoot at people; dogs are seen about to rip up a man in a van and blood is sprayed toward the camera.
Drugs: Several smoking and drinking scenes; talk about drinking wine; a woman is seen smoking a bong.
Nudity: Women seen in bikinis; woman's nipples seen through clothing; cleavage; a woman in bra and panties and her bare back is seen when she removes the bra; shirtless men.
Other: A woman is seen sitting on a toilet; the movie's theme is what happens to a woman bent on revenge; a man serves as a double agent.


Company: TriStar Pictures
Writer: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen
Director: Olivier Megaton
Producer: Luc Besson
Genre: Action
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter