This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…
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'
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.
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.
Short Review: I remember when this came out, it seems like I saw nothing but bad reviews, with oodles of people claiming it doesn't beat the 1970s classic.
Now that I've seen the "classic" one, I have to say...so? As good as the original is, I think this remake is still a blast. The pacing is much higher, the style is really slick and cool (if not a tad overbearing), I think Travolta and Washington are way more colorful characters, and the whole plot is still engaging. I can understand people taking issue with the editing and language, but I think this film is quite underrated.
I miss Tony Scott.
I haven't watched the first version of this movie but the re-make seems reasonably good... Denzel Washington and John Travolta were perfect actors for these roles. If you want a fast paced movie with not too many intellectual lines - go for it... feels good!
The film is trying to be filled with action and the thriller mood, but it fails mainly because of its formulaic, boring execution.
OVERALL RATING: 9/10 or A
"A used car salesman, this a**hole. He can lick my bung hole motherf***er"
An entirely overlooked high stakes crime thriller with brilliant performances from leads Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Washington is always perfectly capable of portraying such raw human emotion and this role is no different. We sympathize for a man who has made a morally wrong decision due to Washington's portayal of MTA dispatcher Garber's natural charm and self-disappointment. One of the best actors ever, period. And John Travolta gives an incredibly under-praised/overlooked performance as the hotheaded and nearly psychotic hijacker Ryder. The two are total opposites over the phone, connected in one specific way in the beginning as more ways emerge with…
Naw. Scott's frantic mix of slo-mo and style can't lift unexciting visuals and a color by numbers 123 plot.
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Despite all the talk about NYC, this is really a movie about two guys getting to know each other and searching for mutual respect.
I really enjoy this film. The end falls apart a little bit but its definitely one of Tony Scott's best films.
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