Published on August 28th, 2011 | by thevyne


The Vyne Movie Review: Zoe Saldana in “Columbiana”

Ever since seeing Zoe Saldana in Center Stage (the fun yet unapologetically cheesy dance movie that I admittedly enjoyed) I knew she was going to be one to watch in the business. She turned in a quiet but powerful performance in Constellation, took everyone by storm in the 2009 blockbuster hit Avatar and followed it up with the highly anticipated role of Uhura in Star Trek. So when I saw that she was going to star in her own high action revenge flick, “Columbiana”, I knew I had to check it out. So that’s exactly what my mom and me did prior to heading to the grocery store to stock up for hurricane Irene.

I have to say, “Columbiana” did not disappoint and neither did Zoe Saldana. The flick started with the cutie pie scene-stealer, Amandla Stenberg, who plays the young Cataleya. Her tough resolve mixed with her vulnerable eyes made for an engaging start to the film. Once Zoe took the screen as the “grown up, kick-butt-and-take-names” Cataleya the film was off and running. What I liked most about the film was Zoe’s intensity. It showed in how she represented the character and how she executed her stunts. The role swung between the two extremes of being tough/ callous to being emotional/vulnerable. Best part of the film was the final fight scene. Incredible!  Not to mention, Michael Vartan, who was very easy on the eyes. The only upgrade I would offer is a bit more depth in the storyline around the background of her family but to be honest, if they choose to make a sequel they can develop it more at that time. All in all, if you enjoy action films with smart, tough heroines, then this is the film for you. I’m giving it 3.5 berries out of 4 on The Vyne.

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