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Secuestro Express (English Subtitled) 2006 R

4.2 out of 5 stars (20) IMDb 6.6/10

From the producer of SIN CITY and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO! Sexy Mía Maestro (TV's ALIAS, FRIDA) stars in this gripping crime thriller where every second is life and death! In Caracas, the most dangerous city on earth, kidnapping is a profitable and thriving business where gangs target upper-class citizens whose families are able to pay ransoms quickly and quietly.

Starring:
Mía Maestro, Rubén Blades
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, International, Action
Director Jonathan Jakubowicz
Starring Mía Maestro, Rubén Blades
Supporting actors Carlos Julio Molina, Pedro Perez, Carlos Madera, Jean Paul Leroux, Dalila Colombo, Elba Escobar, Dimas González, Miguel Ángel Landa, Balmore Moreno, Ermahn Ospina, Rider
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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This is an awesome suspense and action movie, representing the reality of venezuela, when you see it you will be amazed and everybody I know that actually lives here (my friends and family went out of the cinema shocked of the country we are living in), the sad part IS ALL TRUE and it's one of those movies you can't leave the cinema to go to the bathroom you will be hypnotized and wondering in EVERY PART what's going to happen next. It's so realistic that Venezuelan government has forbidden the movie to be played on cinemas other than the capital, and the film will not be released for the national market
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By Stacey on April 11, 2006
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This film was very well made and I would reccomend it most people. However, that is not the purpose of this review. Many people suggest in the other reviews that this film is a accurate repesentation of Venezuelan life. While this is accurate and does happen, one should not take away the impression that all Venezuelans have been kidnapped- or that anyone visiting Venezuela will be a target. True, it is necessary to take precautions that some cultures (specifically Americans) are not accustomed to. Yet, remember this is a film about crime set in Venezuela, not a film about the entire culture of Venezuela.
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Its a great as a movie that tries to portray all Latin American reality in less than 2 hours. Its nice to see some new Latin American talent trying to breakthrough in a filmmakers world. Its a little exaggerative but a very nice film, a thrilling ride.

But I got to admit that this movie brought a lot of controversy into my house, at first I was shocked I didnt believe that my city, the city where I lived most of my life was like that , then it came anger to the movie makers for making such an exaggerated film like that and finally it came acceptance that it truly represents Latin America in a sense that the corruption, drugs, injustice, poverty is all there.

The movie gets unrealistic when all the situations that the characters live occur in a period of a couple of hours and in the same day and to the same people. Its true that kidnappings in Venezuela occurs, its true that drugs occurs, its also true that carjacking, robbery occurs daily and thorugout the city but its also an exageration to say that if you go there it will occur all to you and only in a day.

Dont make assupmtions about it, I lived in Caracas over 10 years ans nothing ever happened to me. GREAT MOVIE!!!
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An X-ray of the Venezuelan way of living. Only after seeing this movie, which might seem like fiction but it is not, one can understand what it is to live in a Latin American city like Caracas: a city packed with drugs, violence and corruption - where regular citizens are on their own with no protection whatsoever.

The sad part is that for us, venezuelans, watching this film feels "TOO CLOSE TO HOME". I know at least 8 people who have gone thru similar experiences.
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Secuestro Express came to my attention through the recommendation of friends from South America. Many North Americans are aware of the huge problem with kidnappings in Mexico City and in parts of Colombia, but few are aware that it is a big problem in Caracas as well. Secuestro Express is a harrowing film that highlights the problem there, hints at its causes, and rhetorically proposes a solution.
Caracas is a big, modern city bursting with entrepreneurial energy. But it is also a place where tightly packed barrios of the poor crowd the hillsides in a rabbit's warren of poverty and despair. One of the things some of the idle of the barrios do is to kidnap middle-class and wealthy people in hopes of getting a lot of money with little effort. Secuestro Express is the fictionalized story of one couple who was kidnapped and the hate-fueled brutality of their kidnappers.
I won't recount the film, but the kidnappers not only extort money, they use the threat of murder (actual murder as well), rape (including homosexual sodomy), and physical torture to degrade and dehumanize both the victims and those who will pay the ransom. Two of the kidnappers seem to get as big thrill out of the physical and psychological brutality as they do out of the prospect of easy money. The third kidnapper shows a few shreds of human feeling and does his best to thwart his fellows' basest urges.
I would give this five stars, but there are a few scenes which are not really believable. One is where the kidnapped fiance is sodomizing rather than being sodomized by the gay drug dealer who is a friend of the kidnappers. Another is where Carla joins the kidnappers in ridiculing her fiance, although her disgust with having seen her boyfriend buggering the drug dealer is understandable.
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Martin and Carla are a couple of rich kids out for a night of coke fueled partying at the country club. They are abducted by three street thugs - Budu, Niga and Trece. From here the film proceeds through a series of wild events involving sex, drugs and violence, as the three kidnappers attempt to extort money from the wealthy families of their victims.

This movie is both more intelligent than your typical gangster movie and more terrifying than your typical horror movie. The three kidnappers, for example, are shown to be capable of brutal violence. But there is more to them than only this. For example, Budu is also a loving father with an interest in painting. The victims are shown to have a dark side as well. Martin, probably the most disgusting character in the movie, is willing to leave his girlfriend to be murdered in order to achieve his own escape.

Some reviewers have complained this movie presents a negative image of Venezuela. But Venzuela, just like the United States, is a country with many aspects to it. Of course, most Venezuelans are honest, hard working, family people. Unfortunately, poverty, crime and corruption also exist in Venezuela and this is a movie willing to ask the tough questions about race, class and social justice.

At the end an epilogue is presented concerning poverty induced crime and violence - should we "confront the monster or invite it to dinner". This is a very series question being raised in countries around the world. But perhaps has a particular importance in Venezuela with Chavez now in power. Hopefully other Latin American nations are able to adress their social and economic problems before more tyrants, like Chavez, are able to seize control.
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