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SECUESTRO EXPRESS

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 87 minutes, deleted scenes, two audio commentaries, theatrical trailers, music video, and two featurettes

STUDIO: Miramax

RELEASE DATE: 1-3-2006

SECUESTRO EXPRESS does have a message, but the script doesn't hold up for a good 90 minutes. It's like they should have worked on the script more after deciding to expand it from a 20 minute short to a feature film that they shot in Caracas,Venezuela . It is intense at times and hard to watch, but other times it feels like an exercise in boredom. The director is telling the story of what happens in Caracas everyday- the kidnapping of people for quick ransom. Sometimes the kidnapped are returned and other times it ends in a bad way. Even the director was kidnapped once. SECUESTRO EXPRESS follows the story of Carla (Mia Maestro) and her boyfriend as they are kidnapped by three immoral thugs who want the money to buy drugs and others things. They see this as a way to strike back at the rich while so many live in squalor.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The film is very grainy due to the fact SECUESTRO EXPRESS was shot on Digital Video. It gives it a weird feel. A gritty realism at times. The transfer is OK, but it isn't something that is down and out impressive like SIN CITY.

AUDIO: Spanish Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English

SPECIAL FEATURES: The two deleted scenes don't add anything, but the two audio commentaries are interesting to listen to. One commentary is with the director in English while track two is a Spanish language commentary track (with English subtitles) with the director and cast. I found the director's commentary track to be much more interesting than the movie itself. Two featurettes (one in English and the other is a long drawn one in Spanish with English subtitles).  Rounding out the extras are two trailers and a Spanish rap video by the director of the film.

FINAL ANALYSIS: SECUESTRO EXPRESS appeals to some viewers, but I have a feeling it would have been better if director Jonathan Jakubowicz wrote a better script and spent less time on showing what the city looks like.

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