Colombiana is a 2011 French-American action film co-written (with Robert Mark Kamen) and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Megaton. The film stars Zoë Saldana and Michael Vartan. The film was released in France on 27 July 2011; in the USA on 26 August 2011 and in the UK on 9 September 2011.
The film begins in Bogota, Colombia, where Cataleya's father, Fabio, is having a secret meeting with Marcos, a drug lord to pay off his remaining debt. Fabio, however, learns that Marcos is putting a hit out on him and his family for a valuable item that he holds and Marcos wants. Fabio rushes home and warns Alicia, his wife, that Marcos is coming after them. While Alicia packs, Fabio hands Cataleya a business card, 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 U.S. passport. He also tells Cataylea to meet up with her uncle, who will take care of her. He tells her to, "Never forget where (she) came from." Soon, Marcos and his thugs arrive at Fabio's residence. Fabio, Alicia, and Cataleya try to escape, but the house is surrounded. Fabio and Alicia have Cataleya sit on the kitchen table and to not move no matter what, knowing the men aren't going to harm her. Cataleya witnesses both her parents gunned down quickly.
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 what he wants. Cataleya stabs Marcos with a kitchen knife and escapes her house. She runs through the street of Bogota and is able to slip away by hiding inside a water sewer. She then uses the business card her father gave her and goes to the Ambassador's office. Cataleya vomits out the valuable information Marcos was looking for, which she swallowed before entering the water sewer. In exchange for this, they give her a passport, and she takes the first flight to America. At the airport, Department of Social Services guides Cataleya. Cataleya pretends to want to use the bathroom and escapes to her uncle, Emilio. The next day, Cataleya and Emilio talk about Cataleya's dreams. Cataleya, at first, wanted to be a designer artist, but, 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. Emilio shows Catayela a demonstration by pulling out a gun and firing at a random driver. Catayela's uncle tells her that if she wants to be a killer, she has to be smart, psychological, and know her surroundings, otherwise, "You'll end up dead within 5 years". He makes her a deal. She goes to school, he teaches her how to be an assassin.
Fifteen years later, a intoxicated Cataleya rams her car into a police officer cars, with two officers inside. The officers, arrest her and interrogate her. They find no name in the database, along with no I.D., no license, but a library card, with the name of Valorie Phillps. A card Catayela stole. The police charge her of DUI and they throw her in county jail for the night. Later on at night, US Marshals transfer Genarro Rizzo, a big time gangster, is being transferred to the county jail. US Marshals keep guard on him. works for her uncle as a hitman. 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 that doing so would attract the gangster that killed her parents. Then an FBI agent begins to close in on her.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Saldana ... Cataleya
Jordi Mollà ... Marco
Lennie James ... Ross
Amandla Stenberg ... Cat - 10
Michael Vartan ... Danny Delanay
Cliff Curtis ... Emilio Restrepo
Beto Benites ... Don Luis
Jesse Borrego ... Fabio
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ... Alicia
Angel Garnica ... Pepe
Ofelia Medina ... Mama
Callum Blue ... Richard
Sam Douglas ... William Woogard
Graham McTavish ... Head Marshall Warren
Charles Maquignon ... Sergeant Bill Attwood
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Produced by Luc Besson
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Screenplay by Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen