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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

Movie review by David Blackwell

107 minutes, rated PG-13
STUDIO:  TriStar Pictures/ Stage 6/ Europa Corp/ TF1 Film Productions/ Grive Productions/ Canal+
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  8-26-2011

STARRING Zoe Saldana. Michael Vartan,  Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Jordi Molla
WRITTEN by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
DIRECTED by Olivier Megaton

Cataleya (Zoe Saladna) witnessed the murder of her parents at the hands of the Colombian drug cartel.   She escapes and gives info to the CIA which her parents were killed over.  She gets into the USA and plans revenge.   She if trained to kill by a man her father regarded as family.  15 years later, Cataleya is killing the people responsible for the death of her parents.   She leaves the drawing of an orchid on each body as a message to them.  Her top two targets are Marco (Jorid Molla) and his boss Don Luis.   On the trail of catching Cataleya is FBI Agent Ross (Lennie James.   She also keeps her lover (Michael Vartan in a very underused role) in the dark and reveals nothing about herself (in true movie fashion, he gets her picture and it starts a chain reaction of events).

COLOMBIANA is the latest action film from director Olivier Megaton.  He directs some great action (but still it doesn't approach the coolness of the hotel shoot out in RED SIREN- an earlier film from Megaton).    Some reviewers complain about the PG-13 rating, but I bet there will be an unrated cut on DVD and Blu-ray.   Films are unfortunately driven sometimes by a PG-13 rating to get more seats in the cinema to get more money from the investment in their film (sometimes this thinking backfires).    It is an entertaining B level action thriller which originally started as the sequel to LEON THE PROFESSIONAL (according to an interview with director Olivier Megaton), but countless delays and Gaumont's stalling led co-writer Luc Besson to recycle some of the elements from MATHILDA (the name of the sequel Luc Besson wanted to create for actress Natalie Portman) with his frequent co-writer Robert Mark Kamen.  

COLOMBIANA isn't as great as THE PROFESSIONAL or Megaton's own RED SIREN, but it does reach some the same action thrills as seen in THE TRANSPORTER films or TAKEN.   The action is teh highlight of this film as Megaton creates a slick action film with some of the holes you see in Luc Besson's scripts to go along with it.   Saladana continues to rise as a genre star and I look forward to see her in other action and sci-fi films.  Relax and enjoy the action- TriStar may have an unrated cut for DVD and Blu-ray if you miss this one in theaters.

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