Secuestro Express

Critics 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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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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Cast

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
Pantera
as Guard
Andrea Tovar Meneses
as Budú's Sister
Jesus
as Padilla
Michael Murciano
as Man In Flashback 1
Israel "El Gato" Ibarra
as Thug Of Aicabala
John Francis
as Drag Queen
Paolo
as Drag Queen
Johán Godoy
as Drag Queen
Ladimar
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 (15)

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

    Sep 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.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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