6.5/10
2,453
38 user 41 critic

Secuestro express (2005)

Trailer
1:28 | Trailer
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.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Zero Hour (2010)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Zero Hour is a gritty, fast-paced heist film. Set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike, the film tells the story of Parca (The Reaper) a feared hit man that ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Velasco
Stars: Zapata 666, Amanda Key, Erich Wildpret
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer that lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around; his partner is now in... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Ferrari
Stars: Guillermo Garcia, Ignacio Montes, Hilda Abrahamz
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Andres (Jean Pierre Agostini) is a fan of Los Leones del Caracas one of the main baseball teams of Venezuela. Julissa (Juliette Pardau) is a fan of Los Navegantes del Magallanes, the rival ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Carlos Hueck
Stars: Jean Pierre Agostini De Risi, Juliette Pardau, Miguel Ángel Landa
Bad Hair (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

Director: Mariana Rondón
Stars: Samuel Lange Zambrano, Samantha Castillo, Beto Benites
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.

Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Usher Raymond, Robert De Niro
The Liberator (2013)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.

Director: Alberto Arvelo
Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Erich Wildpret, María Valverde
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long.

Director: Alejandro Hidalgo
Stars: Miguel Angel Pacheco, Rosmel Bustamante, Adriana Calzadilla
Resistance (2020)
Biography | Comedy | Drama

The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Clémence Poésy, Ed Harris
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

"Punto y raya" is the story of a young Colombian recruit who, while patrolling his country's border, is befriended by a Venezuelan adversary, and the tragic consequences of their relationship.

Director: Elia K. Schneider
Stars: Roque Valero, Edgar Ramírez, Ramiro Meneses
Lynch (TV Series 2012)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Jerónimo Lynch, owner of the "Lynch Funeral Home", is about to be arrested and accepts Isabel Reyes' offer to stage his death. This leads to the setting up of an enterprise staging the death of people who wish to take on a new identity.

Stars: Natalia Oreiro, Jorge Perugorría, Alejandro Calva
Fugitives (TV Series 2011)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Four men become fugitives after a failed drug deal, running from north to south of Chile.

Stars: Néstor Cantillana, Benjamín Vicuña, Luis Gnecco
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Stars: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramírez
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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 »
Edit

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

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,928, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$307,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,898,606
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tres Malandros See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Trece: What's your father's do?
Carla: He is a doctor.
Budu: Doctor? The truth. Tell the truth!
Carla: He works at Clinica Caracas.
Trece: His name?
Carla: Sergio.
Niga Sibilino: Sergio what?
Budu: ...and yours?
Carla: Gutiérrez. Carla Gutiérrez.
Trece: It's true, it's true, OK, OK. Where do you live?
[...]
See more »

Connections

References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

War Dogs
Written by Ben Watkins and Nick Burton
Performed by Juno Reactor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 38 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed