- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 3, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Music Video
- Trailers: SECUESTRO EXPRESS TRAILER
- Audio Commentary: Spanish Commentary - Jonathan Jakubowicz - Writer/Director & Actors Carlos Julio Molina, Pedro Pérez, Carlos Madera, And Jean Paul Leroux
- THE MAKING OF SECUESTRO EXPRESS
- SECUESTRO EXPRESS: The Film & The Facts
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 08/05/2005
"[The film] uses a variety of surprisingly effective gimmicks. The jarring speeded-up and slow-motion scenes effectively evoke a sense of dread..."
Total Film - 07/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "The whole thing packs a tasty punch and add-but-fascinating PULP FICTION-style quirks."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2006
"Jakubowicz and his cast sustain an impressive pitch of reckless, relentless energy....The threat of violence remains persuasively real."
After a decadent night of clubbing in the Venezuelan city of Caracas, Carla (Mia Maestro) and her fiancé, Martin (Jean Paul Leroux), are kidnapped by a trio of violent toughs, one of the legion of Latin American gangs who kidnap wealthy people in order to demand a high ransom. As they wait for Carla's doctor father (Ruben Blades) to produce the money, the thugs drive their victims across a nightmarish, nocturnal landscape of filthy landscapes and untrustworthy characters, beating them and threatening them with more extreme violence--especially when it appears that they just might get a reprieve.
A brutal, digital-video adrenaline rush, SECUESTRO EXPRESS is like PULP FICTION and TRAINSPOTTING colliding with Mario Bava's punishing 1974 film, RABID DOGS. First-time director Jonathan Jakubowicz, just 26 years old, has created a thriller ripe with showy technique, which does nothing to diminish the raw power of the proceedings. Along the way, Jakubowicz's message--that a few folks in Caracas have money while most of the city's citizens starve--is driven home by the effective performances of hip-hop stars Carlos Julio Molina, Pedro Berez, and Carlos Madera as the kidnappers. Unfortunately for the city's economy, after seeing this film, few wealthy foreigners are likely to be inspired to buy a ticket to Caracas.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
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. But when Carla (Maestro) and her fiancé are snatched by three brutal thugs, nothing goes as planned in a deadly game where the players must make every move as if it's their last! Acclaimed by critics for its intense action and gritty realism, don't miss this riveting underworld adventure
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
Latin America |
Theatrical Release |
- THEATRICAL RELEASE: AUGUST 5, 2005 (LIMITED)