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Secuestro Express Reviews

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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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 5, 2005
Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 5, 2005
The film definitely has a social agenda on its mind, but that doesn't lull Jakubowicz's energy, not for a second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
August 5, 2005
Express is mostly an excuse for excessive style.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
August 4, 2005
Merges postmodern self-irony with hip-hop insouciance to explore the profoundly traumatizing effects of kidnapping.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Laura Kern
New York Times
August 4, 2005
The unpredictable Secuestro Express is more than just a dizzying thrill ride laced with small doses of pitch-black comic relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
August 4, 2005
While it's difficult to resist the temptation to avert one's eyes, the film's power is undeniable.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 4, 2005
So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 4, 2005
Depicts a nocturnal Caracas with tense energy while gingerly trying not to offend any political group in the current class wars embroiling Venezuela.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 4, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2005
While the cross-section of characters may be too simply drawn, filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz still gives us a heady, speed-freak trip along the streets of a wild, impoverished city.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 4, 2005
A grim and powerful depiction of the long day's journey into night experienced by a couple kidnapped by a trio of angry young men from the ghetto in Caracas, Venezuela.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nona Willis-Aronowitz
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
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.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
July 27, 2005
Another reason not to tour Caracas.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 23, 2005
Inspite of its honorable intent to explore Venezuela's poverty and crime problems, this MTV-like film is so poorly made that it almost comes across as exploitation flick
| Original Score: C
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 14, 2005
Immoral and aesthetically bankrupt, Secuestro Express allows first-time director Jonathan Jakubowicz to exploit and sell out his Venezuelan culture.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
June 24, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
June 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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