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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

After witnessing her parents being murdered by the mob, 10-year-old Cataleya sets off on a 15-year journey for revenge that takes her across the world.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Violent action movie is all about killing and revenge.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this action movie from producer/writer Luc Besson (The Transporter, Taken) is rated PG-13, it's very violent and intense, revolving around the brutal murder of a 9-year-old girl's family and her subsequent dedication to revenge. There are lots of killings, and the main character kills without any punishment (except for the fact that she has lost all of her loved ones). There's no nudity, but the main character (played by popular Avatar actress Zoe Saldana) wears an array of tight/revealing outfits -- including a see-through tank top -- and there's lots of sexual suggestion. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and more than one use of "s--t." Bad guys drink cognac and smoke cigars from time to time.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How is the violence portrayed in the scenes with the 9-year-old girl, as opposed to the scenes with the grown-up character?
  • What message does the movie send about revenge? Does it make you feel better to "get back" at someone who has wronged you? Is violent vengeance ever justified?
  • Is the main character a heroine? What makes her interesting?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 20
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The results are so clumsy and over-the-top that they should have just called the movie Panty Assassin and played the whole thing for laughs.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rotten: A movie so addicted to the crack pipe of delirious cinematic badness that it has real potential as a camp classic.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fresh: Is Saldana the new Schwarzenegger, only leaner, meaner and much better looking in spandex? I think so.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 25, 2011

Audience Reviews

1 star

img]] If Colombiana didn't have a heroine played by a talented actress like Zoe Saldana in the main role you wouldn't be able to distinguish it from a production line Michael Bay movie. If you want a film with explosion after explosion, an overly frantic lead performance, more explosions, guns firing aimlessly, and a conclusive unconvincing emotional moment, then i'd strongly recommend it. It's a cheesy and badly put together fight fest boasting a dull storyline and even more uninteresting sub-plots. Though it understands it's limitations as being a forgettable piece of eye candy it much rather comes across as a badly acted blockbuster that wants to believe it's trashy fun but wont face the reality that even though it's throwing everything at the screen it's just unbelievably boring. It's one of those films that was never going to be great, I watched it with reasonably low expectations, it's pretty amazing that somehow it still managed to disappoint me, it's a shame.

- aquateen2, Monday, August 13, 2012

4 stars

Decent action flick. Very entertaining, and well done. Zoe Saldana did a pretty darn good job, if you ask me.....critics need to lighten up.

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, June 3, 2012

3 stars

This story has got many holes in the plot however you can look over them because its an action packed thrill ride thats just entertaining to watch ! Its explosive, revengeful and bullets flying everywhere! If you dont want much from a movie and only want to watch a women kick some arse then this is a great movie! Expect anything more then you'll be extremely disappointed!

- FiLmCrAzY, Tuesday, May 1, 2012