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Commentary by: Director and cast (in Spanish)
Secuestro Express: The film and the facts
The making of Secuestro Express
Vagos Y Maleantes Music Video
“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!”
Secuestro Express is rated R for strong violence, drug use, sexuality, and language.
The film itself looks like a film school experiment. It is shot with a variety of hand held cameras. The picture zooms and sways around like a music video. At times it looks amateurish, but other times they capture unique imagery. The Venezuelan backdrop for the film also makes a unique and exotic setting.
As for the bonus features, you have your standard commentaries, deleted scenes, and “making of” video. But also included is a short documentary explaining the real world “secuestro express”. It’s the growing practice of kidnapping rich kids and ransoming them for small, easily obtainable amounts of cash.
I would only recommend Secuestro Express to those people who enjoy independent film and foreign cinema. It’s too violent and off the wall for most American mainstream audiences. People that liked Man on Fire might enjoy it, but this film doesn’t have the crackdown and revenge theme that made the Denzel Washington film appealing.