Secuestro Express

05expr After a night of dancing in Caracas, Venezuela, Carla (Mia Maestro) and Martin (Jean Paul Leroux) are swept off their feet by a trio of kidnappers (Carlos Julio Molina, Pedro Perez and Carlos Madera) in search of a hefty ransom from Carla's wealthy father (Ruben Blades). As they wait out their imprisonment, the young couple undergoes a terrifying journey through the city, all the while at the mercy of their captors.
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A relentless assault on the senses about a trio of hoodlums who kidnap an attractive young couple, Carla (Mia Maestro) and Martin (Jean Paul Leroux), who then must face a hellish endurance test while awaiting the ransom money's arrival. Read the review
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A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic  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.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  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.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post
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.
Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune  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.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times  full review
The unpredictable Secuestro Express is more than just a dizzying thrill ride laced with small doses of pitch-black comic relief.
Laura Kern, New York Times  full review
While it's difficult to resist the temptation to avert one's eyes, the film's power is undeniable.
Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter
So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.
Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
Depicts a nocturnal Caracas with tense energy while gingerly trying not to offend any political group in the current class wars embroiling Venezuela.
Robert Koehler, Variety  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.
Gene Seymour, Newsday  full review
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.
Nona Willis-Aronowitz, Village Voice  full review
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