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.
This work provides examples of:
555: Delaney's mobile number shown while it's being traced.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.