Secuestro Express Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Film4
June 15, 2007
from its opening 'shot', Secuestro Express takes its captive audience at gunpoint on a heart-pounding tour of crime, corruption and class war in downtown Caracas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Urban Cinefile
August 19, 2006
From beginning to end, Secuestro Express proves an obnoxious mess determinedly employing the kidnapping conceit it laments to stimulate popcorn movie sentiments.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 8, 2006
Impeccably directed, tightly-wound and extremely tense thriller with some neat twists and a healthy dose of social commentary thrown in for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 25, 2006
This film gives one vision of what anarchy is like, on a small scale, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 5, 2006
From a filmmaking angle, it's a movie to be studied, but from a writing angle, it could have been so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
December 6, 2005
As a kidnap thriller, Secuestro Express is a complete bore, but what's worse is that it occasionally seems to imagine it's making a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2005
An unpleasant watch that showed how sleazy films can get in trying to imitate reality and Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 15, 2005
A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 13, 2005
Like swimming in sewage for an hour an a half--which may be the intention, but is still neither a terribly pleasurable or edifying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 12, 2005
There were times when this movie gave me chills to be a witness to such a horrible experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 10, 2005
Secuestro Express is a wake-up call for wealthy clubgoers who party in the slums of Caracas. For anyone else, it's bad pulp that glorifies 'gangster' culture.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 7, 2005
The film may have pretentions to social relevance ... and it may style itself as fearless realism, but it's basically 90 minutes of sadism directed toward the audience.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 7, 2005
The bad guys are some of the most evil characters I've seen outside of a Nazi uniform and they all have a great time doing it.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 5, 2005
It's a skillfully made film, but not especially fun to watch
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 5, 2005
Artfully raw and surprisingly accomplished, Venezuelan writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's first fiction feature is an exploitation movie in the best sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 5, 2005
Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
August 5, 2005
What saves Secuestro Express from being an exercise in misery and degradation is its black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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