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In this film image released by Columbia Pictures, Zoe Saldana portrays Cataleya in a scene from "Colombiana."
In this film image released by Columbia Pictures, Zoe Saldana portrays Cataleya in a scene from "Colombiana." Magali Bragard/AP/Columbia Pictures
Jimi Izrael is the author of The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men and a regular contributor to Tell Me More.
It's hard for me not to love a film featuring beautiful women and guns, but reviews for Colombiana (which opens today in a theater near you) are torn between declaring this the (re)birth of a new kind of action hero and dismissing the film as big and silly. I'm going to see it, because Luc Besson is at the helm, and Besson does vendetta films like only a few other writer/directors. As politically incorrect as the genre has been in years past, a few films featuring girls with guns and a grudge stand out.
Jackie Brown—For every heroine in the canon of blaxploitation movies —often filmed with her breasts popping out if her shirt at random intervals for no good reason at all— Pam Grier redeems every shirtless character she ever played in this film about a double-cross gone awry.
House of Flying Daggers – Xiao Mei, played by Ziyi Zhang, is blind and blood-thirsty in this deceptive, beautiful wuxia thriller about love, loss and lying cops and robbers.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 – Uma Thurman plays "The Bride," out to find her stolen child and kill her former partners in crime to avenge their treacherous deceit. S'hard to get more campy than that, although Quentin Tarantino would try in Kill Bill Vol. 2, which wasn't as funny or well-done as the first. Still, worth seeing.
The Long Kiss Goodbye – Geena Davis is Samantha Caine, the soccer mom/amnesiac who finds visions of her former life as lethal secret agent Charly Baltimore creeping into her back into her conscious mind. Naturally she hires a cheap detective named Mitch (played by Samuel L. Jackson) to help her find the she nobody knows.
Alien Trilogy—Sigourney Weaver is Eileen Ripley, the right woman on the right spaceship at the wrong time. Ripley dominates the series of films that proves if you want revenge done right, or if the life of a child or a cat is at stake, don't send men to do a woman's job.