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Secuestro Express Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 15, 2005

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

September 10, 2005
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 5, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2005
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Jakubowicz is a whiz at setting up an exceedingly tense predicament and then building upon it a nearly unbearable suspense with ingenuity and insight.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2005
Laura Kern
New York Times
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The unpredictable Secuestro Express is more than just a dizzying thrill ride laced with small doses of pitch-black comic relief.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2005
Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
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While it's difficult to resist the temptation to avert one's eyes, the film's power is undeniable.

August 4, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 4, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Depicts a nocturnal Caracas with tense energy while gingerly trying not to offend any political group in the current class wars embroiling Venezuela.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 4, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Secuestro Express leaves you feeling as much a hostage as the story's victims -- more to the point, as if you've slept in the same clothes for more than three days.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Too often, though, Jakubowicz falls back on his relentlessly pirouetting DV camera, attention-deficient editing and ear-splitting sound effects as a substitute for real tension.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 4, 2005
Nona Willis-Aronowitz
Village Voice
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As social commentary, Secuestro Express doesn't go much further than regurgitating character types (poor little rich girl, thief with heart of gold) and reminding us of Caracas's class differences.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 2, 2005
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