Secuestro Express
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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)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"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
"from its opening 'shot', Secuestro Express takes its captive audience at gunpoint on a heart-pounding tour of crime, corruption and class war in downtown Caracas."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"This film gives one vision of what anarchy is like, on a small scale, at least."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"An unpleasant watch that showed how sleazy films can get in trying to imitate reality and Tarantino."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
"Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"From beginning to end, Secuestro Express proves an obnoxious mess determinedly employing the kidnapping conceit it laments to stimulate popcorn movie sentiments."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"From a filmmaking angle, it's a movie to be studied, but from a writing angle, it could have been so much better."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Like swimming in sewage for an hour an a half--which may be the intention, but is still neither a terribly pleasurable or edifying experience."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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
"Impeccably directed, tightly-wound and extremely tense thriller with some neat twists and a healthy dose of social commentary thrown in for good measure."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"As a kidnap thriller, Secuestro Express is a complete bore, but what's worse is that it occasionally seems to imagine it's making a point."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"There were times when this movie gave me chills to be a witness to such a horrible experience."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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