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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

The director Jonathan Jakubowicz has been kidnapped, and his cinematic style in this movie is a translation of the way he perceived reality while held hostage 45 minutes with a gun under his nose. See more »

Quotes

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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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Almost a perfect film
11 September 2005 | by aharmasSee all my reviews

This film, along with "Man on Fire" proves that kidnapping surely makes for good drama. "Secuestro Express" shows the underbelly of a society that is decaying as we speak, a place torn apart by economics and class differences, and a place that is unforgiving and cruel to most of its population.

The 24-hour drama follows a kidnapped couple and their victimizers as their drama unfolds. "Secuestro Express" is rawer than its American predecessor, with its crude language, relentless references to social abuse and sexual references. There are times when I couldn't help feeling sick in my stomach because here was a film where anything could happen. The dialog is frank, the portrayals are very realistic, and the tone of the film is very dark. There are almost no moments when one can feel any respite from the tragedies happening on the screen.

Maestro does a wonderful job as the victim who fully understands what is happening to her and her fiancé and might at times relate to her captors' experience. The last 15 minutes of the film are likely to provoke some heated discussion, as the film reaches its climax. Special mention should go to the actor portraying Budu, a new villain to match in the annals of cinema.

Overall the film delivers and barely misses reaching perfect score because of its production values. Nevertheless its very assured direction, impressive camera-work, and excellent acting prove that bloated budgets and talentless actors might be an endangered species.


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