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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Other than Mia Maestro and Ruben Blades, the entire cast of the movie is of non professional actors. They did six months of rehearsals to get to the level we see on screen. See more »

Quotes

Budu: Put some butter on that!
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Connections

References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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War Dogs
Written by Ben Watkins and Nick Burton
Performed by Juno Reactor
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A Twisty Crime Thriller With Political and Social Commentary
9 August 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Secuestro Express" is a neat little twisty thriller in the exaggerated style of gritty British crime dramas like "Layer Cake," with a pointed political and social overlay.

Using swooping, in-your-face close-up cameras, limited narration and dossier-style on screen character and time descriptors, writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz, in his full-length fiction debut, captures a docudrama feel to make the kidnapping of a young, lighter-skinned couple by a motley group of "nigros" (darker-skinned) thugs, with a variety of psychological and financial motives for doing this "work", a commentary on class in Latin America, specifically in Caracas, Venezuela.

The individuality of all the characters, including the criminals, adds to the explosive unpredictability as stereotypes of Latin American culture are ironically skewered, including oligarchies, macho men, religion and sensuality, as each person uses political and class rhetoric to justify greed, selfishness and condescension on all sides.

Drugs are caustically shown to have pervasively corrupted and enthralled all levels of the society through a harrowing picaresque exploration of "the ghetto" (as the subtitles translated the geography).

The acting is excellent, particularly Mía Maestro, of TV's "Alias," who goes through an entire spectrum of emotions. Jean Paul Leroux as her boyfriend "Martin" is very good at shifting gears as our sympathies shift around him.

The song selection felt very atmospheric and the soundtrack kept the tension ratcheted up.

The "fire next time" coda didn't quite work or add much to what we think the characters learned that night except assuring us that life ominously goes on among all the classes despite the continuing sharp differences.


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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:

$45,928, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$307,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,898,606
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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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