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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'
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.
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.
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.
You know what was good about the original? Tension. It was a tense movie. There were stretches where little happened except just feeling tense because a deadline is ticking and things take a long time to happen.
This movie has spinning camera shorts and super-quick cuts and blur-motion. None of those things can replace the effect tension has on the movie-goer. The hour deadline flies by and nobody really cares. Characters are barely introduced or given names to.
The original left it's impression on the next generation of filmmakers like Tarantino. This remake... I probably won't remember much of it by the end of the week.
I have not watched the original film but this one is definitely a superstupid movie that some decent acting and montage make it almost watchable
Otra de esas películas de un criminal y el negociante o el bystander donde intercambian importantes (para ellos) ideas existenciales. El penúltimo trabajo del fallecido Tony Scott no es solo un remake de una película de los 70s sino también es un homenaje a los videoclips de los 90. La música, las tomas y...pues hasta la trama.
Muy palomera así que mejor vean alguno de sus trabajos de los 90 para honrar su memoria o mejor vean la original (la primera).
Yo la vi porque estaba en Fox :P
I'll keep it simple with a FAQ about whether or not to enjoy this movie.
Is it a superior remake of the original?
Without thinking about the original version and the novel it's based on, is it a good action movie?
Definitely. Unlike other action movies released in 2009, it's all about simplicity over CG spectacle.
Are Denzel Washington & John Travolta good in the movie?
Apart, they are good, especially the scene-stealing Travolta. Together, it's a good, solid showdown.
Is it Tony Scott's best movie?
It's Tony Scott. Some of his movies are classics, others are rainy day time wasters. This is a very middle-of-the-road type of movie: not quite memorable but still very entertaining.
Should I check it out?
Only if you have the time for it. Don't rush into watching it right away.
The original's lean narrative gets embellished in all the wrong places, culminating in a dumb, tone-deaf last act where Washington's nebbish bureaucrat suddenly becomes a superhero vigilante. And though I've sometimes found Tony Scott's white hot, kinetic stylistics compelling, his smeary pans, sputtering zooms, and neon vomit green palette fail to add up to the second coming of action painting this time around. What's left to impress is just some fine, tossed-off character acting from Turturro, Gandolfini, and a stammering Washington, all amusingly embodying irritable iterations of what it means to be camera-ready working stiffs, from up and down the political power structure, impatiently waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Gotta love Denzel Washington and there's something about John Travolta being the bad guy that makes me love him.
A pretty decent suspense thriller that mostly gets the job done.
Denzel Washington is the civil servant working in the control center of New York's public transit system. John Travolta is the nut job who takes a subway car hostage until his demands for copious amounts of money are met. Both men have histories that the film spends far too much time developing; what really matters in a film like this is the action, and there's enough of it to make the the thudding plot exposition tolerable.
If I had to pick one major flaw of the film, it's the casting. Washington has too much movie star charisma -- even under an extra 15 pounds or so of paunch --…
This movie isn't very good, but was worth it for the week I had Travolta shouting "lick my bunghole, motherfucker" as my ringtone.
A remade and revamped hostage film from the 70s inserted into the Tony Scott gloss-machine. And what are the results? A timely portrait of modern greed and abuse of the working class. A grim portrait with pessimistic character motivations. The world runs on money and everybody wants some.
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