- Cast: Zoe Saldana, Callum Blue, Michael Vartan, Graham McTavish, Jordi Mollà, Lennie James, Max Martini, Monica Acosta, Sam Douglas, Affif Ben Badra, Beau Brasso, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Billy Slaughter, Anita Nicole Brown, Doug Rao, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Alan D. Purwin, Andrea Helene, Charles Maquignon, Amandla Stenberg, Julian Sedgwick, David Clark, David Anthony Jackson, Stephane Lagoutte, Beto Benites
- Director: Olivier Megaton
- Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
- Producers: Luc Besson, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
- Executive Producers: Olivier Glaas, Sandrine Molto, Ariel Zeitoun
- Art Directions: Gilles Boillot, Pascal Leguellec, Fanny Stauff
- Casting: John Papsidera
- Costume Design: Olivier Bériot
- D.O.P.: Romain Lacourbas
- Editor: Camille Delamarre
- Makeups: Suzi Ostos, David Ruiz Gameros, Aya Yabuuchi
- Music: Nathaniel Méchaly
- Production Design: Patrick Durand
- Set Decoration: Philippe Cord'homme
A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target - the mobster responsible for her parents' death.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, USA
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Future Films, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Participant Media, A.J.O.Z. Films, Europa Corp.
- Production Schedule: August 2010 - November 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Prodigious film producer Luc Besson has been annually churning out a French kids fantasy film, a French action film, and a Hollywood action film for some time now. Following on from the disappointing "Transporter 3", the immensely satisfying "Taken", and the cheesy fun of this year's underrated "From Paris with Love", Besson's 2011 English language yarn is this $40 million revenge thriller with "Star Trek" and "Avatar" babe Zoe Saldana as a woman named Cataleya Restrepo who is on the hunt for her parent's killers.
Like those aforementioned films, the plot sounds very thin and cliche (Cataleya's character sounds like the grown up version of Leon's Mathilda) while one doubts there'll be much in the way of inventive characterisation. What it will deliver though is fast paced, well-filmed high kicking action with the odd decent twist and big old sense of fun. Besson's trick of hiring a strong lead actor and writing to their strengths (Neeson's gravitas, Travolta's cockiness) to anchor the proceedings has paid off well in his last two films so there's no reason not to expect the same here.
Indeed, Saldana has proven herself a quite strong and capable actress in her own right and looks poised to become one of those few who can jump between serious dramatic turns and blockbuster action hero roles with ease. Vartan plays her artist boyfriend unaware of her double life, which means he's likely either in on it with the killers or will no doubt get brutally murdered halfway through in a shock twist. Opening in the generally quiet first weekend of September, I doubt it'll have the legs of "Taken" but should deliver a nice little dividend for Europacorp.