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With jumpy digital video cutting reminiscent of 28 Days Later and visual and narrative stylings
recalling Baz Luhrman (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge), Secuestro Express is a speeding train of an action
movie. Shot on location in
Jakubowicz is very young, only 26, a native of
Secuestro Express merges postmodern self-irony with hip-hop insouciance to explore the profoundly traumatizing effects of kidnapping. The film addresses the realities of economic and political inequalities: extreme poverty, rampant police corruption, political impotence, and their distorting effects on the human spirit, head-on. Tarantino-like deadpan slapstick mixes with Lurhmanesque starry-eyed romanticism. The in-your-face moral bankruptcy of a failing (global) socioeconomic system may be confronted fruitfully by means of ironic deflection. The serious core of this film, the examination of the causes and effects of kidnapping, plays out as a series of thrusts and parries how to be cool by not caring. The characters all embody redemptive qualities, each discovering how far their pride can reach, knowing when they cross the line from cool to monstrous hatred. The fun of the film is that, in the end, redemption lies not in the stars, but in the narrative construct.
Rich, high-maintenance playboy Martin (Jean Paul Leroux) and fiancee Carla (Mia Maestro) run out of drugs while partying the night away. Heading out to score more stuff, they cross paths with a trio of small-time thugs from the
Ordered to pump an ATM for quick cash, Martin is jumped by another petty thief, who proves not to have the sense to get out of the way. Gay drug overlord Marcelo (Ermahn Ospina) turns more than one table, when the party of five shows up looking to score. Carlas father Sergio (Ruben Blades) mostly shleps around, trophy international movie star cameoing as the long-suffering, loving yet put-upon father willing to part with cash, but not too much, to redeem his daughter. (The original sum demanded, roughly $20,000, a small amount for the super rich, represents about five years minimum wage in
In the post-9/11, global-village age of terrorism, Jakubowicz offers up a youthful bohemians vision for life as the other 90% live it in the new urban cultures. In Secuestro Express, what everyone wants, no one gets, and very few give some respect, a good heart, innocence (or the naive values of a rapidly dwindling middle-class). It describes what shapes the forms of hatred at work today. With half the world dying of hunger and the other half dying from obesity, Jakubowicz is asking pointedly: How do we respond to the monster kicking down our door, kidnapping our dignity and our soul? Is this cosmic battle comedy or tragedy? More will be revealed.
- Les Wright