With its vérité footage and synthesized score, Sequestro at times plays like a non-trashy episode of Cops.
Sequestro is terrifying and clear-headed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Filming over four years and tracking several cases, the Brazilian director Jorge W. Atalla favors a fevered shooting style that's repetitious and disorienting but also effortlessly dramatic.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...a brilliant examination of the horror of kidnapping, showing the real life victims and their families at the time of their anguish; hard to forget.
| Original Score: 8/10
Sequestro is a tremendous feat of inspired structuring and editing.
| Original Score: 4/5
There are riveting moments, especially in tastefully shot interviews with former captives, who quietly describe their physical and psychological torture.
| Original Score: 3/5
Although Atalla surely couldn't have intended to desensitize viewers, Sequestro comes very close to exhausting them.
Much of Sequestro looks, basically, like COPS.
Ultimately electrifying, both in what it reveals and how it reveals it.
Though marred by repetition, this film is a four-year labor of love graphically dramatizing the kidnapping industry in Sao Paulo.
| Original Score: B