Secuestro Express

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For the type of abduction, see Express kidnapping.
Secuestro Express
Directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz
Produced by Sandra Condito
Salomon Jakubowicz
Written by Jonathan Jakubowicz
Starring Mía Maestro
Jean Paul Leroux
Rubén Blades
Music by Angelo Milli
Edited by Ethan Maniquis
Release date(s)
  • 5 August 2005 (2005-08-05) (United States)
  • 12 August 2005 (2005-08-12) (Venezuela)
Running time 86 minutes
Country Venezuela
Language Spanish

Secuestro Express (English: Express Kidnapping) is a 2005 Venezuelan crime film directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and starring Mía Maestro, Jean Paul Leroux and Rubén Blades. The film premiered in New York in August 2005, and it opened in other countries, including Venezuela, later that year.

Plot[edit]

The film follows the kidnapping of Carla (Maestro) and her boyfriend when they are suddenly kidnapped in Caracas, Venezuela. Carla (Mía Maestro) and Martin (Jean Paul Leroux) are a young upper-class couple fresh from a night of dancing and partying when they cross paths with Trece (Carlos Julio Molina), Budu (Pedro Perez) and Niga (Carlos Madera), three men who make their living by kidnapping unwitting young adults to extort quick money from their wealthy parents.

Carla and Martin become their next victims and are sent on a terrifying overnight journey through Caracas as they wait for Carla's father Sergio (Ruben Blades) to hand over twenty thousand dollars - a small amount for a rich Caraqueño, but the equivalent of more than 8 years of the Venezuelan minimum wage.

They are emotionally and physically hurt, but soon form a relationship with their captors to try to escape. However, none of their plans pan out. They continue in the Land Cruiser, listening and understanding, even if slightly, their captor's point of view. Through the many mishaps they encounter, they begin to, albeit scarily, bond with the kidnappers.

There is a sexual assault for titillation scene it is.

Martin flees the kidnappers in a crowded square, telling Niga to kill his girlfriend, abandoning her. However, he is soon apprehended by one of their cronies and returned to them and murdered in the trunk of a taxi.

After her father pays their ransom, the kidnappers heatedly argue over her fate, between murder, rape, and release. Trece pays his share to the others to release her unharmed, and Carla is soon released, only to be found by another set of kidnappers. However, Trece returns to the scene and shoots them, freeing her again at that time. In the final scene she can be seen with much more modest attire and an inelegant car, continuing her work with sickly, impoverished children.

Production[edit]

It stars "non-stars", mostly rappers, who were trained for the role over a period of six months.

Reception[edit]

Secuestro Express was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards.

It has been passed uncut (certificate 18) for DVD release in the UK by the British Board of Film Classification.

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