Starring: Zoe Saldana
Story: Cataleya is 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. (Sony Pictures)
Bottom Line: Like riding shotgun while your Gram-gram drives, this woman-on-the-verge-of-vengeance story starts, stops, starts, stops, starts and so on… Although the drama is a predictable, fairly cheesy, generic, get-to-the-good-stuff-already bore, the been-there-done-that action succeeds because of the relatively believable (and not ugly) female kicking the butt. COLOMBIANA is the female action equivalent of the Matt Damon and Daniel Craig turns as assassins/spies – which I guess would make her Justine Bourne or Jane Bond. There is a sexy, frenzied grittiness to this gams-and-gunplay flick that works – but it’s hard to fully enjoy it when everything else is working against it.