There was a time where generic action films thrilled me, but as I grew older so did my desire for substance in a movie. “Columbiana” missed that mark for me. The movie is a straight forward action revenge flick with a poor excuse for a heart.
Never once does the movie make you truly care for any of the characters. Just because you make someone cry doesn’t mean we will feel like she has a heart. Just because you include a love interest that you never flesh out doesn’t mean we can assume she has a softer side.
Everything she did in the film spoke to the contrary. She doesn’t listen to the advice of her uncle and mentor, she intentionally puts her new family at risk even though she claims that family means everything to her, and more importantly she risks the lives of those awesome dogs. From start to finish you knew exactly what was going to happen and when. There is no mystery with this film.
The generic plot was only over shadowed by the lackluster action. Of course the commercials are going to show gun fights, explosions, and awesomeness but for the type of film this was they were few and far between. I loved Zoe Saldana in the role, and I really everyone did a good job with the roles they were given, but even the action scenes seemed dull and uninspired. Who cares if she can run around and shoot a gun? Who cares if she can be sneaky? I have seen the same crap done over and over again.
You know what made “Taken” so awesome? They had someone kicking ass with more than just a gun. The title character actually only fights one person. The rest she kills with a gun or with an unsurprising trip to the shark tank. The only original aspect of this movie was the introduction where they have a little girl doing Parkour.
My favorite parts of the entire film were: A) All the scenes with Cliff Curtis (the uncle in the film) B) All the scenes with the dogs. Cliff Curtis stole the show for me. I have been a fan of his since “Three Kings,” and he never ceases to amaze me with how he can control a scene; The man deserves his own films. Without him “Columbiana” would just be a heartless action film, and with him it is still weak in that department. The dogs were just epic.
It’s not worth the ticket price as there is nothing about this movie that needs to be seen immediately or on a huge screen. I usually have a soft spot for bad movies that at least entertained me, but I can’t even say that about this film. Weak story, boring action, non-captivating characters, and a weak finale add up to another disappointing film from 2011. I have to rate this a 2/5. PASS
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