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.
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…
So boring I don't have the will to make a witty comment.
I give this film a fully voiced, resounding and heart felt: 'Meh'
Denzel, my man.
Denzel carries everything on his shoulders. A lot of things happen that don't make sense but he holds it all together. A great performance as usual.
It's terrible, awful and just plain not good. The plot is predictable. The cast is non-relatable.
Forget this movie before you see it so you don't have to try and forget it afterwards.
If you are stupid and like stupid movies then watch it and continue to be stupid.
it's easy as
or simple as
a-b-c, 1-2-3, baby, you and me girl!
In itself it's not a good movie. Watching it back-to-back with the original, it's brutally blemished. Watch it and you'll probably forget it. My suggestion: don't watch it at all.
If less is more, this movie certainly proves that more can mean less.
No vienas puses it kā nekas īpašs, taču man ļoti atgādināja vecos labos trillerus, kas atstāja patīkamu pēcgaršu.
While it's visual style is very annoying, much like The Rock's frantic driver's seat camera, the performances are good, even though Travolta overacts a bit.
Everyman Washington, crazy dude Travolta, A.D.D. direction by Tony Scott.
You pretty much know what you're going to get before you insert the disc in the player.
Still entertaining though.
There's just something about Denzel on a train. Or in movies with train in the title. Just a lot of super tense fun.
Not a bad action film with some nice production. It's a pity about the terribly inconsistent characters.
Too long, & terrible editing. But Travolta off the leash and Washington are great.