Last Three Things I Watched: ‘Colombiana,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘London River’

by Norm Gregory on December 4, 2011

in Last Three Things

Colombiana – The lithe and limber Zoe Saldana plays a woman who 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 hit woman 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. Lotsa of action and use of heavy duty weaponry. Is Saldana on her way to be the new action hero? The movie, released in the U.S. last August, did about $40 million . . . maybe not seen by enough folks to make for a launching pad for sequels. The boys like Colombiana but there is not much appeal to other demographics. [ RT ]

A Separation – A married couple are faced with a difficult decision, to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimers. A series of implausible events make for one crisis after another. I thought the plot stretched credibility but the critics are mad for A Separation thinking it’s a lock for best foreign picture Oscar this year . . . maybe I am missing something. A Separation has a limited U.S. opening the last week of the year. [ RT ]

London River – I liked this story of a couple checking on their missing children in the wake of the 2005 terror attack on London. These two strangers, who couldn’t be more different, come to discover their respective children had been living together at the time of the attacks. This leads to the dismissal of few stereotypes being discarded by each parent. As far as I can tell this 2009 film was never released in the U.S., outside of a few film festivals, which is to bad . . . because London River is original and unpredictable. My copy was recorded off of German television. [ RT ]

This is a list of the last three major video items I have watched on my home HD TV.

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