Colombiana is directed by Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3); Luc Besson wrote and produced the film. Michael Vartan (Alias) co-stars as Saldana’s boyfriend who doesn’t know about her secret life as an assassin on a mission to requite her parents’ murder.
I was fortunate enough to be a production assistant on Colombiana while it shot in Chicago. While I can’t reveal too much, the following photos from Latino Review are a great representation of the style and tone of the film. It is a dark, action-packed movie with plenty of story.
The plot is simple, but layered, as we follow Cataleya Restrepo (Saldana) from being a young 10-year-old girl witnessing and escaping the brutal murder of her parents, to becoming an experienced and ruthless assassin in her mid-20s.If you must compare Colombiana to other films, it is somewhere between The Professional and Kill Bill.
The movie is just under a year away from release, but these photos look great. Saldana has the look of a girl who could take anybody down. Frankly, that’s the only hoop for Colombiana to jump through. Megaton must prove that a skinny beauty like Saldana can defeat any foe with more than just a long-range weapon (see: the awesome rifle pictured below).
Having read the script, I can assure you this movie will be extremely cool. It’s got all of the femme fatale action you could ask for without getting too deep into a sloppy love story. Romance is present, but it comes second to the character’s main goal – revenge.
Specifically speaking, the jail scene is one heck of a sequence. Let’s just say, Saldana’s character isn’t nicknamed ‘Cat’ for no reason. But three photos are not enough to judge a film’s quality. These have clearly been touched up and the trailer will be our first taste of Colombiana in full context.
Nevertheless, it is a promising first look for a film with a female action star not named Angelina Jolie and a director who desperately needs a good movie under his belt. Luc Besson’s involvement is also a huge advantage.
Don’t expect much more out of this production for a while, as a trailer is likely a few months away. We will keep you updated on all things Colombiana as they develop.
Colombiana hits theaters in September of 2011.
Source: Latino Review
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