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
A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director. full review
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
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
Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself. full review
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
Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.
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
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
The unpredictable Secuestro Express is more than just a dizzying thrill ride laced with small doses of pitch-black comic relief. full review
While it's difficult to resist the temptation to avert one's eyes, the film's power is undeniable.
So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.
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