A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target – the mobster responsible for her parents’ death
This is indeed a good, simple and entertaining action movie. The screen play is written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. I have to say that Luc Besson is one of my (few) favorite French writers/producers/directors.
As you can deduce from the movie blurb above Zoe Saldana plays a young girl, Cataleya, witnessing her parents being murdered by some mobsters. She subsequently crows up as a hired killer seeking revenge on her parent’s killers. Personally I think Saldana is great in the role. I liked her much better in this role than as Uhura in the Star Trek reboot. But then I am still split about that particular movie.
The movie itself is a straightforward seek out the mobsters and kill them flick. On the road towards revenge we get quite a few samples of Cataleya’s rather unique skills in disposing of the more undesirable elements of society. I quite liked these as well as the final shootout at the mobster’s property including the way she closed that particular chapter. Not that it was an entirely surprising ending though but it was still a good one.
There were some parts of the movie which was a bit wtf. I especially disliked the scene where Cataleya’s mentor and protector just shoots of a gun in broad daylight with loads of witnesses, causing a car to crash and all kinds of commotion and just walks out of there with the police swarming the place. That was just so silly. However, most of the movie was very enjoyable.
Unfortunately, this is one of these movies that just reinforces my opinion that the Rotten Tomatoes official so called “critics reviews” are utterly useless. It is really unfortunate that a lot of other sites and applications are using these when showing ratings of movies. When writing this the official rating from Rotten Tomatoes shows a rating of 27% which leads the uninformed viewer to think that the movie is crap which is totally wrong. If you, still on Rotten Tomatoes, look up the actual viewer reviews you will find that 67% gave it a rating of 3 out of 5 stars or higher which is more in line with what it deserves. It gets a similar rating, 6.2 out of 10 stars from IMDb. I wish Rotten Tomatoes would fix their, clearly broken, rating system.