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Film: Colombiana
Colombiana is a 2011 action movie starring Zoe Saldana, written and produced by Luc Besson. The film follows Cataleya Restrepo, daughter of a member of a Colombian cartel. Her parents are killed when she was 9, forcing her to flee to Chicago to live with her uncle. Using her uncle's tutelage and own intelligence, Cataleya becomes a beautiful and deadly assassin driven by vengeance for her parents' deaths.

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  • 555: Delaney's mobile number shown while it's being traced.
  • Action Girl: Cataleya herself.
    • Her mother Alicia knows how to handle BFG as well.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Young Cataleya, after watching her parents killed in front of her, sheds a single tear. She doesn't really cry until much later when she gets to Tio Emilio. Justified in that she had other things to worry about at the moment. Years later though, Cataleya breaks into sobs immediately after seeing her grandmother's body.
  • Anti-Hero: Cataleya herself.
  • Arc Words: "Never forget...Never forget where you came from."
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Cateleya sneaks through the ventilation system of the jail to get to her target. Somewhat subverted, as the vents are claustrophobically small and she has to improvise a way past a fan. Later, she uses the vents in her building to escape the FBI raid on her house.
  • Anachronism Stew: SD cards and Xena: Warrior Princess did not exist in 1992. But since it would have been harder to explain to viewers who Chun-Li is, as well as try to find a way to get Cataleya to eat a CD...
    • Danny's phone is an iPhone 3G.
  • Badass: Cataleya.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: This backfires on Cataleya when her boyfriend takes a photo of her sleeping and shows it to his friend, who decides to run a check through a friend in the police department to find out who the mystery girlfriend is.
  • BFG: Try a Blaser R93 Sniper Rifle.
  • Black and Gray Morality: While Marco is evil, Cataleya is an assassin.
  • Break-In Threat: The ponzi guy wakes up amidst his sleeping Paid Harem to find the word THIEF and an orchid (the assassin's Calling Card) painted on his chest. He then finds all his bodyguards have been murdered. It gets worse.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: A SWAT team is raiding the protagonist's apartment and makes an explosive entry; at the same time she uses an explosive charge to blow a hole through a wall to make her escape into the lift shaft.
  • California Doubling: The scene in which the cop car gets crashed into was filmed in Metairie, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. This occurs seconds after the message flashes on the screen, "Los Angeles, present day."
  • Call Back:
    • Emilio, in his Establishing Character Moment, is seen beating a man to death. Cataleya finds his body with evidence that he too suffered the same fate.
    • When Cataleya feeds the dogs early in the movie, they didn't move to eat until she commands them to "eat." Later, she feeds Sandoval to them.
  • Calling Card: Cataleya draws a cataleya orchid on her victims.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Cataleya's dogs, who eat the cartel head
  • Chekhov's Skill: Eating on cue.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Agent Ross of the FBI continually comes to grips against Agent Williams of the CIA, who is actively stonewalling Ross' investigation to prevent him from discovering Agency's ties to the cartel boss who killed Cataleya's parents.
  • The Commies Made Me Do It: Cataleya tells Agent Ross she'll kill a member of his family every week if he doesn't get Sandoval's location from the CIA.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat
  • Designated Love Interest: Danny
  • Dramatic Drop: Cataleya drops her pistol when she sees Emilio's body.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Shown in a montage of Cataleya's previous kills, along with Camping a Crapper for another victim.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Averted. No cars blow up in the movie, even the one Cataleya unloads a whole magazine into.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Cataleya offs a sleazy businessman (who got away with a huge Ponzi scheme) by dumping him in his own Shark Pool.
  • Fanservice Extra: Willie, the Ponzi scheme guy, has a Paid Harem of four lingerie-clad women.
  • Fake American: Brit Lennie James plays an American FBI agent. His American accent is flawless but at one point, while searching cars, he refers to the trunk as a 'boot'.
  • Fake Nationality: Half Puerto-Rican/half Dominican Zoe Saldana and Maori Cliff Curtis play Colombians.
  • Flower Motif: The "Cataleya" orchid. (also "Colombiana" is a real kind of orchid).
  • Fruit Cart: During the opening chase scene, a motorbike rider does a dramatic slide into bowls of spices.
  • Get Into Jail Free: Our introduction to the protagonist as an adult Professional Killer involves her suddenly ramming a police car while Playing Drunk. The police put her in a cell overnight to sober up; she breaks out of the cell, kills a criminal who's being held overnight there by Federal Marshalls, then gets back in her cell as an alibi. Unfortunately the feds realise the killer had to have been in the building, so start checking into everyone held in custody.
  • Girls with Guns
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Cutting to the outside of the van, which is rocking back and forth as Cataleya's dogs eat the cartel head
  • Hollywood Silencer
  • Impaled Palm
  • Improvised Weapon: The climax manages to do this with a towel and toothbrushes. And it's awesome.
  • Insecurity Camera: Played Straight in her first hit, as she's trying to frame a guard. Subverted later, since when she shoots out some cameras to hide her movment, it tells the FBI exactly where she is.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: The loan shark picks up a pair of Desert Eagles from dead guards and tries to use them on Cataleya. Turns out she emptied them beforehand. Justified, since the target wasn't a gun person and the handgun's massive weight would help disguise the lack of bullets.
  • Just a Stupid Accent/Translation Convention: The Hispanic actors hardly ever speak Spanish, even in the scenes in Colombia, but they do make sure to pronounce Spanish words correctly.
  • Karmic Death: Willie (a sleazy businessman) is eaten by the sharks he kept beneath his swimming pool.
  • Laser Sight: The red dot helps to let the target know she's not bluffing.
  • Le Parkour: By a 9 year old schoolgirl, no less. As well as one of the Mooks chasing her.
  • Little Miss Badass: And she grew up to be quite the lovely Action Girl, too.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cataleya. Just count the number of times she's naked, partially naked, wet or wearing skintight clothing.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast
  • Pants Positive Safety: A nice bit of fanservice with Cataleya dancing in her apartment with a Beretta Storm shoved in the back of her short shorts. Followed by a Shower Scene and Oral Fixation.
  • Playing Drunk: Cataleya does this (hilariously!) to get arrested and thrown in jail with one of her assassination targets.
  • Precious Photo: Emilio has one of his brother's (Cataleya's father) family. After passing it on to Cataleya, she treasures it a well.
  • Professional Killer: Cataleya.
  • Properly Paranoid: Cateleya empties the guns her target might use, searches an FBI agent's house for hidden cameras, and seems to have planned an air-vent escape from her apartment if it's ever raided.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: With a healthy side of More Dakka and a light garnishing of Guns Akimbo. Taken Up to Eleven after her last remaining relatives are killed. She dispenses with her ninja tactics, send an RPG round through the front door and storms the place guns blazing.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Especially that giant sniper rifle.
  • Spiritual Sequel: Apparently, the movie began life as a sequel to Leon The Professional and mainly centered around Mathilda, but was changed into something else over the years. The changes came about presumably because Natalie Portman would have cost too much to hire.
  • Spy Catsuit: The prison sequence.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Why would the SWAT team blow up Cataleya's front door? (In an apartment building?) They could have easily rammed it open.
  • Tempting Fate: On seeing a laser dot on his chest, the CIA Jerk Ass boasts that the window is armoured against a direct hit from a 57mm shell. Cue warning shot fired through the glass. Damn these government contractors...
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Emilio, in an attempt to scare Cataleya out of wanting to be an assassin, casually pulls out a gun and takes potshots at a passing car. In broad daylight. In the middle of Chicago. In front of a school. No one cares that he did this.
    • It isn't that no one cares. It was that a shooting in such a situation was so unexpected that Emilio and Cataleya went unnoticed in the resulting chaos. He waited until no one was watching them to start shooting and then acted completely casual as they were leaving.
  • Waif-Fu: Cataleya does plenty of this against The Dragon.

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