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Secuestro express (2005)

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Mía Maestro ... Carla
Rubén Blades ... Carla's Father
Carlos Julio Molina ... Trece
Pedro Perez Pedro Perez ... Budu
Carlos Madera Carlos Madera ... Niga Sibilino
Jean Paul Leroux Jean Paul Leroux ... Martin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dalila Colombo Dalila Colombo
Elba Escobar ... Drugstore Cashier
Dimas González Dimas González ... Guardia
Miguel Ángel Landa Miguel Ángel Landa ... Police's Councilor.
Balmore Moreno Balmore Moreno ... Oficial Briceno
Ermahn Ospina ... Marcelo
Rider Rider ... Cangrejo
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

Venezuela

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Apagogi express See more »

Filming Locations:

Caracas, Venezuela

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,281, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$302,256, 18 September 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tres Malandros See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Budu: Put some butter on that!
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Terrible resolutions (both video and plot-wise)
17 August 2005 | by rsaavedraSee all my reviews

The video quality in Secuestro Express is truly disappointing from the very beginning. The movie starts with blurry images of shanty towns in Caracas, I thought the blur was an intentional effect, and maybe perfect in-focus images were soon going to kick in, showing in sharp details the "ranchos and cerros", but nope... detail never arrived, the video quality was actually as bad as what I was thinking could be a blur special effect. Gave it the benefit of the doubt thinking it could be the theater's fault, but once again nope: letters in Twisted-Metal-Black evoking style started popping up on screen naming each character in the movie, and those letters were decently sharp and in focus. So it wasn't the theater but the film, no doubt. Thumbs down to extremely poor video quality.

Good points: acting of some of the bad guys, some of them were believably bad guys in some occasions, not in all occasions though. Overall cursing and foul language was also very realistic and spot-on. The girls acting was also good in some occasions, but not in all as well though. A nice aesthetic touch right before the nightmare, the song by Soledad Bravo in the drugstore was particularly beautiful.

Bad points: rich vs. poor philosophizing in the movie was extremely lame. Also, making the rich girl of a wealthy young couple in Caracas a generous and selfless/sacrificed voluntary nurse is pushing her character "just a bit", to say the least. To my surprise, acting of Ruben Blades was rather lame. Acting of the boyfriend I think was also extremely lame. Some of the unexpected twists in the movie seemed a little forced and extreme. That's completely subjective of course, just my impression. At the end, pervert cops nightmare possibility saved by a pseudo heroic act of one of the bad guys was also rather forced and imho lame, very unnecessary.


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