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.

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alain Jakubowicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2006
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Padre de Carla

as Niga Sibilino

as Woman In Flashback 1

as Cashier At Pharmacy

as Consejero de Policía

as Cangrejo

as Martín's Dad

as Oficial Briceno

as Radio DJ

as Guard

as Budú's Sister

as Padilla

as Man In Flashback 1

as Thug Of Aicabala

as Drag Queen

as Drag Queen

as Drag Queen

as Drag Queen

as Drag Queen

as Poor Woman

as Casino Patron

as Casino Patron

as Officer Blanco
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Critic Reviews for Secuestro Express

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (17)

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

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

August 5, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Secuestro Express


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

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

Super Reviewer

Average, but awfully Latin-American crime thriller with drugs, kidnapped, ransom and deadly games by the gang in the most dangerous city, Caracas. Sexy Mia Maestro is fine in her performance of this film.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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