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"Colombiana" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

From writer/producer Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional ) comes Colombiana. Zoe Saldana plays 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, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 51 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Zoe Saldana, Lennie James
  • Directed by Olivier Megaton
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Brief nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This film falls into the realm of action escapism. Generally I love Besson’s oeuvre, especially Leon, but this one was pretty much a “by the numbers” revenge flick. Saldana does well in the role of an action heroine (a far cry from her role in Star Trek), but the middle parts of the flick slowed the pace of the movie down a bit too much. The shark scene is reminiscent of James Bond:Thunderball, except more silly than thrilling. I was able to predict the ending with the dogs, too. I hate predicting the ending of a movie! However, if action, violence and a sexy screen presence is your cup of tea, be sure to check this one out.

Technical

Colors and details remain consistent throughout. Some of the outdoors scenes have that blown out contrast that seems to pervade action movies these days. Dark scenes remain detailed with great depth. The sound is exemplary with deep penetrating bass and lots of action in the surround speakers. The music sounded great, too, with lots of techno-funk and deep bass rhythms pulsing throughout. Kudos for the ending song from the late, great Johnny Cash. He sounded so good that that I was transfixed to my set as the credits rolled.

Extras

Colombiana PS3 Wallpaper/Theme, Colombiana: The Making Of, Cataleya's Journey, Assassins, Training A Killer, Take The Ride.