Colombiana: Derogatory title or Kick Ass Dominatrix?

Colombiana, the new movie starring Zoe Saldana, is not unusual. You have seen one before—a young kid whose parents were killed right in front of her and seeks revenge for their perpetrators at a later life.

What sets it apart is its bad ass character, a dominatrix of sort who is smart, kick-ass. Zoe Saldana’s fits the role to a tee, way better than Angelina Jolie in Wanted or Salt. This girl can do physical roles with precision, like a cat!

Her weakness, as always like in every assasin story, is her emotional attachment. To her family, loved ones and sort-of lover (Michael Vartan). Which begs the question, assassins should not show emotion, not even love for them to be “good” with their work. I guess that’s universal and applies to all human beings. That we become bad decision makers once we are blinded by our emotions (and yes, that includes love).

Another note that I want to point out is the title. Seriously, Colombiana? How will the Colombians react to that? Don’t get me wrong, and I don’t want to generalize, but all they show in the movie are drug lords and cartel. Again, it also begs another question which the movie points out—that the CIA implicitly expose themselves with these drug lords in Colombia for certain favors like toppling dictatorships or guerrilas. Remember the derogatory term “banana republic”?

Nonetheless, if you want a pretty engaging movie that will let you escape all this rainy weather, this is the movie to watch.

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