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Colombiana (2011)


Colombiana is a 2011 French action film co-written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Megaton. The French director's best known other movies are the actions films Transporter 3, Taken 2 and Taken 3. The film stars Zoe Saldana in the lead role with supporting roles by Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Callum Blue, and Jordi Mollà. "Colombiana" means a woman from Colombia, and is also a genus of orchids. The film is about Cataleya (Amandla Stenberg), a nine-year-old girl in Colombia whose family is killed by drug lord named Don Luis Sandoval (Beto Benites). Fifteen years later, a 24-year-old Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) has become an accomplished assassin. Even though Don Luis is now in the witness protection program in the U.S. and is guarded by many heavily armed gangsters, Cataleya uses every means at her disposal, including death threats to law enforcement officials, to find where Don Luis is hiding and avenge her family's death. While the film received a mixed reception from critics, with more negative reviews than positive reviews, Saldana's action sequences were praised and the movie earned $61 million against a $35 million budget.

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