Secuestro Express
Secuestro Express (2005)

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.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 5, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

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

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Part exploitation thriller and part sociopolitical statement, Secuestro Express is a little too enamored of its own gangsta cool to be taken seriously.

Anton Bitel

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Secuestro Express seems less interested in dramatizing the crushing inequities of that nation than in serving up hefty doses of sadism and titillation.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

From beginning to end, Secuestro Express proves an obnoxious mess determinedly employing the kidnapping conceit it laments to stimulate popcorn movie sentiments.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Matthew Turner

Impeccably directed, tightly-wound and extremely tense thriller with some neat twists and a healthy dose of social commentary thrown in for good measure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
A very realistic feel of a story of a kidnapping. Impressive actiing all round, in particular Mia Maestro. The kidnapping gang are played by members of one of… More
Mark Abell
A night on the town turns into a night of terror for two yuppies in Caracas. Their sin is not in having money, but in flaunting it. The tension starts out at a… More
Ross Collins
It's a dog-eat-dog world in Venezuela. A story that follows the trials of a group kidnappers as well as their kidnappees, with a nice dose of humour and… More
John Me
Disconcerting and crude story that is feel so real. The acting is impressively good across, as well as the direction and the script was very good with some… More
Dean McKenna
Average, but awfully Latin-American crime thriller with drugs, kidnapped, ransom and deadly games by the gang in the most dangerous city, Caracas. Sexy Mia… More