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Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
Tony Scott's masterpiece; an MTV hostage thriller distorted and blurred through incoherent, abstract images dictated by conversation. Jay-Z's '99 Problems' clusters over the opening credits with addled precision, the NY skyline repeatedly seen with dignity and tried and true humility. Like all of Tony's stories, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is about singular relationships and connections, those which we forge versus those which we confront, leading towards destiny. Its moment to moment orchestration of negotiation, currency transfers, and hostage interplay is enough to keep suspense on the top of the electric scale, but Scott balances dialogue through precise visual continuity; jumbled, heated monologues spliced between kinetic movement for the sole purpose of auditorial energy becoming pictures of…
Tony Scott did action films with a real popcorn flavor. This remake of Joseph Sargent's superior 1974 film may have had two headline actors in the shape of Denzel Washington and John Travolta, but it didn't have the gritty tension and flair that Robert Shaw and Walter Matthau delivered in spades.
The plot is simple, a group of gunmen hijack a New York subway train and ask for a ransom. Obviously there's more to the story than that, but it's played out as just that, a hijacking. Political issues and a scandalous backdrop for MTA dispatcher Washington add to the intrigue but it's the shouty hijacker played by Travolta who really takes center stage. He's motivated, full of anger and…
I give this film a fully voiced, resounding and heart felt: 'Meh'
I had no plans of doing a Tony Scott retrospective this month, but I sure do now. The Taking of Pelham 123 was an absolutely visceral experience from start to finish. It's not just Scott's commitment to genre that helps bring the film to such an enticing level of entertainment, but it's also the level of self-awareness that Scott has when approaching his obviously outlandish premise.
It's amazing how fluid the conversations between Washington and Travolta are all throughout the film, especially since for the majority of the runtime it is the two of them talking over the microphone with one another. The meticulously placed ADR is some of the best I have ever seen before. The intertwining audio between…
I know all of you will probably disagree with me on this one but i loved this movie, i just love denzel Washington and once again he's delivered a fantastic performance and so does john travolta, I mean seriously denzel Washington is fucking awesome listen to the list of movies he's starred in training day, taking of pelham 123, american gangster, flight, crimson tide, man on fire, the equalizer, glory, de ja vu, ricochet, the great debaters, Malcolm x and the inside man this guy is a legend.
Nueva adaptación de la novela de Morton Freedgood ya llevada al cine estupendamente por Joseph Sargent en 1974. La versión de 2009 no tiene el groove que sí posee la de Sargent y, sobre todo, prescinde de su maravilloso final setentero, pero, como no puede ser de otro modo tratándose de un thriller dirigido por Tony Scott, es más que competente en todos los sentidos y brillante en muchos de ellos. Se le echa de menos, señor Scott.
It has neat ideas--taking hostages in a stationary subway car, invoking Wall Street and terrorism on the same page, the concept of the subway city of New York--and while they are not explored with profound depth, it still is a fun action film to watch.
I am upping my rating this time. The last time I had better memories of the original. This time I appreciate Denzyl Washington more and sure do miss James Gandolfini.
Still a goddamn entertaining movie the 2nd time around, it's nowhere near as good as the original but that's asking for a lot.
It was an okay movie but not extraordinary.
I figured out about halfway through that I think I may have already seen this. It's exactly the kind of movie you'd watch and forget about a couple years later.
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Making this a Tony Scott/Denzel collaboration quintuple feature with Déjà Vu being the first and Unstoppable, Man on Fire, and Crimson Tide following suit.
Better than reviews make it out to be. Could have used a little bit more of a substantial twist at the end.
I'm sorry I cannot believe that John Travolta worked on a wall street looking like a thug's thug.
Tony Scott does what Tony Scott does best and that is make kickass blockbuster that are entertaining, fun, and suspenseful nothing more nothing less.
This is a good movie. I was entertained from beginning to end by the story and the performances of both Denzel And John Travolta.
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