Secuestro express (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  10 March 2006 (Mexico)
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Young couple Carla (Maestro) and Martin (Leroux) are abducted by three men and spend a terrifying night in Caracas as they wait for Carla's father (Blades) to hand over the ransom.

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Credited cast:
Carla's Father
Pedro Perez ...
Carlos Madera ...
Niga Sibilino
Jean Paul Leroux ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dalila Colombo
Drugstore Cashier
Dimas González ...
Miguel Ángel Landa ...
Police's Councilor.
Balmore Moreno ...
Oficial Briceno
Rider ...


In a night pregnant with a strange mix of tension and dizzy abandon, lovers Carla and Martin prowl clubs before drunkenly wandering back to his car. While he comes across as crass nouveau riche, she appears more liberal. Their conspicuous affluence, however, makes them ideal targets for kidnappers, and the trio of Trece, Budu and Niga gets a bead on them and promptly sweeps them up at gunpoint. The kidnappers then demand $20,000 to be delivered in two hours. Carla phones her rich father Sergio to procure the money, but chaos soon ensues. A botched ATM robbery is followed by a stopover at the palatial estate of a gay drug dealer. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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ransom | money | gay | drugs | corruption | See All (71) »

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Rated R for strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

10 March 2006 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Apagogi express  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,281 (USA) (5 August 2005)


£18,784 (UK) (9 June 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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This is the top grossing movie in Venezuela's box office history. It defeated Titanic and The Passion of the Christ, the former champions. See more »


Carla: Things were fucked up before I born. It's not my fault, what am I supposed to do?
Trece: It's never anyone's fault, is it? Nobody's to blame...
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my 2 cents
1 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

here's my 2 cents:

  • The acting is impressively good across the board, except maybe for

Ruben Blades who is completely wasted in this role and whose inability to master the correct Venezuelan accent on his 3 short lines is unbelievable. I would not be so annoyed by this if I didn't expect more from such a fine actor.

  • All three kidnappers are creepily believable although I did sense

maybe a latino slash rapper slash thug feel which I just do not recognize in the local malandros I've seen.

  • I thought the script was very good, some very memorable lines all

throughout. I felt a little insulted by the "captions" shown explaining each character. I think it is better to let the audience reach its own conclusions on each character and not tell them what to think.

  • There is an overall cheesiness to the movie which reaches intolerable

heights at the end of the movie with a voice over. I just read a review somewhere and there was a phrase which captures this feeling - "kindergarten social commentary". Again, do not tell me how to feel.

  • Overall though I found the movie to be shockingly good and an

outstanding effort of local talent.

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