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Is Zoe Saldana The New Pam Grier?

Submitted by on August 9, 2011 – 2:42 pmNo Comment

Back in the 1970s, during the height of blaxploitation, actress Pam Grier was known as the Afro-sporting soul sista who showed everybody that girls could be just as ruthless and bad ass as guys. Decades later, Zoe Saldana seems to be following in her footsteps.

In the upcoming film Colombiana, Saldana plays Catalelya Restrepo, a femme fatale who works as a professional hitman (hitwoman?) by day, but at night strikes out on her own vengeful murder missions. The reason she seeks revenge? When she was a young girl, she watched as both of her parents were killed right in front of her and wants to return the favor to everyone responsible.

The high-kicking, stealthy and oh-so-sexy Cataleya seems to use a barrage of weapons to get the job done, making the film reminiscent of the Kill Bill series in more ways than one. Revenge thrillers are slowly but surely gaining traction in Hollywood, and this one seems to be poised to keep the trend going.

As far as Saldana, she certainly has earned top-billing, with great performances in blockbuster films such as Avatar and Star Trek. However, this is the first time she really hasn’t had to share the spotlight in a film. Is she ready? Will people fill the theaters to see her as the sexy assassin with a chip on her shoulder?

You know you want to watch this. Colombiana hits theaters August 26.

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