Colombiana is a 2011 American-French action film directed by Olivier Megaton, produced by Luc Besson, and written by Robert Mark Kamen and Besson. The film stars Zoe Saldana, Jordi Mollá, Lennie James, Michael Vartan, and Cliff Curtis. It was released in France on 27 July 2011; in the USA on 26 August 2011 and in the UK on 9 September 2011.
When Cataleya witnesses her parents' death, she goes on to become an expert assassin and sets out to seek revenge against the culprits.
The film begins in Bogota Colombia, where Cataleya's father, Fabio, is having a secret meeting with Señor Luis, a drug lord to pay off his remaining debt. Once the meeting is over. Fabio, however, learns that Luis is putting a hit out on him and his family for a valuable item he holds and that Luis wants.
Fabio rushes home and leaves his henchmen outside to wait for Marco Luis‘s bodyguard and his henchmen and then warns. When Cataleya witnesses her parents' death, she goes on to become an expert assassin and sets out to seek revenge against the culprits.
Alicia, his wife, that Marco, and henchmen are coming after them. While Alicia packs some of their belongings, Fabio hands Cataleya an address book, which should lead her to an airport security office, just in case. Fabio hands Cataleya the item that Marco wants, telling her not to lose it and to give it to the Ambassador so that she can get a US passport. He also tells Cataylea to meet up with her uncle, Emilio, who will take care of her. Fabio then gives Cataleya his necklaces the Cattaleya orchid and tells her that it will keep her safe. His last words to Catayela is, "Never Forget Where You Came From."
Soon, Marcos and his goon squad arrive at Fabio's residence. Fabio, Alicia and Cataleya try to escape, but the house is surrounded. Before the gun fight begins, Fabio has Alicia grabs his gun from the bedroom and Fabio kisses Cataleya one last time. Marcos gives his men the go ahead and the gunfight commence. Fabio grabs his gun and Alicia grabs a double barrel shotgun. The parents have Cataleya sit on the kitchen table and to not move, no matter what, knowing the men aren't going to harm her, and that they want Fabio and Alicia. Cataleya watches as both of her parents are gunned down in front of her quickly. She sits there, terrified, but not making a single sound.
Marcos locates Cataleya and tells her that he's a good man and he killed her father because he betrayed him. Marcos knows that Cataleya knows the whereabouts of the unknown item and offers to let her go unharmed if she gets him want he wants. Cataleya, with her hands underneath the table, takes out a kitchen knife and stabs Marcos in the hand with it. She escapes and runs through the street of Bogota and is able to get away from Marco and his henchmen by going inside the water sewer. Marco and his henchmen still try to kill her but she is in the sewer and is safe. Cataleya then exits the sewer dirty and walks to the ambassadors office.
She then uses the address book her father gave her and goes to the Ambassador's office. Cataleya vomits on the ambassador’s desk the valuable information Marco was looking for, which she swallowed before entering the sewer. In exchange for this, they give her a US passport and she takes the first flight to America. At the airport, Department of Social Services guides Cataleya. Cataleya wants to use the bathroom and escapes by jumping out a window and arrives at a hideout that her uncle is in. Upon meeting her uncle, they embrace each other with tears rolling down from their eyes in remembrance of Cataleya's loss.
The next day, Catayela wakes up in a room and goes down stairs for breakfast, then her and Emilio talk about Catayela's dreams. Cataleya, at first, wanted to be a designer artist. However, because of her parents' death, Cataleya presents a strange request to her uncle; she wants him to help her become a killer. At first her uncle disregards the idea and enrolls her to a public school.
Catayela berates her uncle for not taking her seriously and says if he won't teach her how to be a killer, she'll find someone else to. Her uncle shows Catayela a demonstration by pulling out his Beretta and firing at a random driver, who slams into a water hydrate. Catayela's uncle tells her if she wants to be a killer, she has to be smart, be psychological, know your surroundings, otherwise, he says, she'll end up dead within 3 years. He makes her a deal. She goes to school, he teaches her how to be an assassin.
15 years later Cateleya works for her uncle as a hit man. She knows how to get in and out without being detected, has amazing fighting skills and is good with any weapon. She leads a quiet double life with an artist boyfriend,
She begins to leave marks on her victims, in hopes it would draw the gangster that killed her parents. Then an FBI agent begins to close in on her.
- Zoe Saldana as Cataleya Restrepo
- Amandla Stenberg as Young Cataleya Restrepo
- Cynthia Addai Robinson as Alicia Restrepo
- Michael Vartan as Danny Delanay
- Cliff Curtis as Emilio Restrepo
- Lennie James as Special Agent James Ross
- Callum Blue as Richard
- Jordi Mollà as Marco
- Graham McTavish as Head Marshal Warren
- Max Martini as Special Agent Williams
- Jesse Borrego as Fabio Restrepo
- Sam Douglas as William Woodward
- Doug Rao as Michael Shino
- Beto Benites as Don Luis Sandoval
The filming for this film began around August 20, 2010, in various locations, including New Orleans, Chicago, and Mexico. The film was produced by EuropaCorp, Luc Besson's production company, and the script was written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.