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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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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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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: Listen. I work in a clinic without resources for the poor everyday... doing what I can to help poor children. And you treat me this way.
Trece: Fuck, who told you to drive around in a brand new car? You think I can guess who you are?
Carla: Why is having money a sin? My father's worked hard all his life.
Trece: That's not the point. I have money too.
Carla: What is it, then?
Trece: Don't look at me like that, OK? Don't look at me like that, or I'll lose it. Point is...
Carla: Yes?
Trece: When half city is knee-deep in shit, and you're rolling...
[...]
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Connections

References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

War Dogs
Written by Ben Watkins and Nick Burton
Performed by Juno Reactor
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For those who title this film as "UNREALISTIC"
13 September 2008 | by mayorkarmaSee all my reviews

First of all I'll give secuestro express a five out of ten. Not so good and not so bad. Maybe the photography and shooting could have been better.

Second and finally, and for those who called this movie "unrealistic", definitely they do not live in Latin American Cities (Caracas in this particular case). Of course not all is dangerous streets and corners but kidnappings are the meals of every day. Police and Military Officers are 75% corrupts (I'd say) and in most of cases they'r the performers of the biggest crimes along the country. (Just to give u an idea, recently some cops kidnapped 3 young little children's of a business man and killed them because the situation got too much complicated.

Unrealistic???? Live here and then you can tell what you want.

Caracas is a beautiful neglected city in which you can take a ride but with your eyes wide open.


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