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Secuestro Express (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite utilizing a visual whirlwind of cinematic tricks, this socio-political thriller falls short of fulfilling its heavier goals but provides a powerful peek into the class issues of modern Venezuela.

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Movie Info

The current wave of kidnappings in Latin America inspired this tense suspense drama. Martin (Jean Paul Leroux) and Carla (Mía Maestro) are a wealthy young couple who, after a night of club hopping, head back to their car to go home. However, three kidnappers -- Bubu (Pedro Perez), Niga (Carlos Madera), and Trece (Carlos Julio Molina) -- are waiting for them; seeing how free they are with their money, the men figure that Martin and Carla should fetch a decent ransom for their release. The kidnappers demand 20,000 dollars to set Martin and Carla free, and Carla's father (Rubén Blades) struggles to raise the cash, with the criminals insisting upon payment in a mere two hours.

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Ruben Blades
as Padre de Carla
Carlos Madera
as Niga Sibilino
Dalila Colombo
as Woman In Flashback 1
Elba Escobar
as Cashier At Pharmacy
Dawn Rider
as Cangrejo
Miguel Ángel Landa
as Consejero de Policía
Balmore Moreno
as Oficial Briceno
Aníbal Grum
as Martín's Dad
Chile Veloz
as Radio DJ
as Guard
Andrea Tovar Meneses
as Budú's Sister
as Padilla
Michael Murciano
as Man In Flashback 1
Israel "El Gato" Ibarra
as Thug Of Aicabala
John Francis
as Drag Queen
as Drag Queen
Johán Godoy
as Drag Queen
as Drag Queen
Alberto Estrella
as Drag Queen
Karina Sánchez
as Poor Woman
Eduardo Jakubowicz
as Casino Patron
Clara Jakubowicz
as Casino Patron
Víctor Ortíz
as Officer Blanco
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Critic Reviews for Secuestro Express

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (17)

A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director.

September 15, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

Secuestro Express seems less interested in dramatizing the crushing inequities of that nation than in serving up hefty doses of sadism and titillation.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Part exploitation thriller and part sociopolitical statement, Secuestro Express is a little too enamored of its own gangsta cool to be taken seriously.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Jakubowicz will undoubtedly become a filmmaker to follow, as soon as he understands what he wants to say -- not just how loud he wants to say it.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Secuestro Express

A night on the town turns into a night of terror for two yuppies in Caracas. Their sin is not in having money, but in flaunting it. The tension starts out at a fever pitch and continually ratchets up. Handheld cameras, scenes shot in near darkness, and dialog that trips over itself with sometimes three or four speaking at once, but that only adds to the pressure until the lid has to blow. Only the uniform separates the criminals from the "good" guys. Corruption reigns and a little taste is all that is needed to get them to look the other way. A powerfully affecting film that will keep one guessing right up to the somewhat curious end. Four stars.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


A very realistic feel of a story of a kidnapping. Impressive actiing all round, in particular Mia Maestro. The kidnapping gang are played by members of one of South America's most popular rap groups 'Vagos Y Maleantes' Gritty and action packed, this film will hold you from start to finish.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


It's a dog-eat-dog world in Venezuela. A story that follows the trials of a group kidnappers as well as their kidnappees, with a nice dose of humour and social commentary.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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