December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

January 14, 2012

Colombiana (2011)

When it's over, Colombiana is entertainment trash, where you leave your brain at the door and don't take the film too seriously.  Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who's an assassin by profession, but moonlights as a vigilante.  Saldana holds her own as the lead character, Cataleya, and manages to show the tough and the vulnerable side of a young woman who's determined at all costs to avenge her family's death.  She plays her character well enough to make the film entertaining, but fails to look the part to make the film realistic.  For example, Cataleya has to fight hand to hand combat with one of the Colombian baddies, Marco, and of course, she wins, but that's because it's written in the script.  In real life, in the real world, no way would Cataleya (small and thin) have a fighting chance up against a tough drug dealer like Marco and walk away unscathed.  I think Saldana should have bulked up for the role to make her character more believable, especially since she's doing fight scenes and tugging around heavy artillery.  Plus, the ending didn't fit the "revenge" theme, which was clearly the driving engine of this action flick.  It was unsatisfying, and I thought it was cheesy when she told the dogs to "Eat."  Eat what?  You'll have to see the film to find out.  Again, mindless entertainment, but not worth discussing over coffee.

My rating: 1.5 out of 5

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