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The Taking of Pelham 123
I can't get it out of my head. I'm gonna die today.
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 did action films with a real popcorn flavor. This remake of Joesph 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 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.
The plot is taking the piss by numbers, Denzel really stretches himself and Travolta plays a much camper version of that guy in Swordfish (so, some would say, less of a stretch for him). Even Turturro seems transplanted in from Transformers. The only character that departs from cliché is Gandolfini's NY Mayor, who shows signs of actual wit and a bit of inteligence (a tribute to Rudy Giuliani no doubt, who's given the position a lick of respect). Instantly forgettable, the trademark T.Scott hyperactive, hyperstylised editing soon gets tiresome. Watch Unstoppable instead or pay to see 'Money Train' again (which is so bad and cheesy it's bordering on good) and help Wesley Snipes pay off some of his tax bill.
Yes, this movie has flaws. Yes, the original is better. Yes, in the collaboration history between Denzel and Tony Scott this is the weakest entry. But, still I find a fair bit of enjoyment watching it. For one, Denzel pretty much kills it. He is playing a less confident character than he usually plays, which is refreshing. I really like the banter that he has with Johnny T, especially the scene after Johnny T Googles Denzel.
For two, I just straight enjoy Tony Scott's direction. In a world where the majority of action type movies feature many scenes involving command centers, it was only Scott who was able to make command center scenes as interesting and thrilling as the action…
Compensation of Invisibility (theme) - In script form essentially just talking heads; conversing, relaying, stating respective New York class ideologies, etc. Yet with T. Scott, their words take on more heft – the camera movements essentially make them travel between each location and physically manifest; they’re bridges between a series of screens. Wholly appropriate that Travolta’s financial gain is seen on a laptop, and failed when attempted to be delivered in person.
Belief in Visibility (decoration) - The pans across the cart; its windows covered in specks of rain. The shutter speeds and freeze-frames; Tony still somehow seeing beauty in stasis. That gotdamn shot of the bullet-hole in the window.
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.
Not great & no real intensity or drama.
Not a Fan
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. - IMDb
Every now and then I get in the mood for a middle of the road action movie. It probably harkens back to when I was younger and used to ride my bike down to the video store and hire a VHS tape, which was usually action.
On this current occasion, The Taking of Pelham 123 served that purpose. You can't go wrong with the combination of Denzel and Tony Scott. If the director were still alive, we probably would still be getting these films every couple of years. Sad.
The whole ride is great, until it really fizzles out at the end. Disappointing.
trains and Denzel...
Starts well enough but dips into action cliche and predictable ending.
A film so badly made and with such a appalling script it leaves no space for ironic enjoyment.
Hijackers take a New York City subway train hostage, and the gang leader (John Travolta) plays a series of head games with a Transit Authority dispatcher (Denzel Washington) while the city scrambles to come up with the ransom. This remake of a 1970s thriller descends into typical action-movie nonsense in the last quarter but up till then it's a pretty decent suspense flick.
John Travolta makes a good bad guy...yet again. Denzel Washington makes an, unusual for him, unconfident hero.
The Taking of Pelham 123 is a decent action thriller, but manages to fall well short of the original. What saves it in the end is the fact that Tony Scott and Denzel Washington has a special relationship that usually ends up in somewhat watchable movies.
Not as good as the original, but still good enough to watch when it comes up on the TV.
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