I was going to compile separate ranking lists for the Scott brothers but not being a massive fan of either…
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.
I give this film a fully voiced, resounding and heart felt: 'Meh'
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.
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 would seem that the original Taking Of Pelham One Two Three is held in high regard by quite a lot of (American?) people. It was a film I'd never heard of before the remake but the love of the original helps explain some of the bad reception Tony Scott's version received upon release. Both versions are fine and although there are many flaws with the remake (Travolta is OTT and distracting, the ending tails off) it's still an enjoyable ride. In the past I took Tony Scott's distinctive style for granted, probably even dismissing it, but there's a lot to be said for how great things look even in this average film; it's a shame we'll never see him direct another great film. Similarly with Gandolfini, before his death his role as "Mayor Gandolfini" was just more or the same and now it serves as another reminder just how great a screen presence he always was.
Three things about this movie:
1) Based on Tony Scott's three focus points before he died: Denzel Washington, trains and average working men.
2) John Travolta, please tone it down!
3) It just feels too different to be compared to the original movie.
A possible testament to the notion that Tony Scott relies too heavily on shock and gimmick may lie in the fact that in his star-filled remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, when characters are on the screen taking care of the hostage crisis, the movie is absolutely gripping in that fast-paced, bantering, exciting---albeit very hammy---Hollywood action way, and when they're not, we get some of the dumbest and most artificially inflated scenes I've seen from that very action cycle.
waow... film yang menegangkan, ditambah lagi penjahatnya yang sangat keras kepala
This wasn't the first time I have seen this but it had been a while. Still an enjoyable experience. Lacked a little on drama and action but you simply can't beat John Travolta's acting.
When will Hollywood finally get it, and stop taking perfectly good, and sometimes great movies and remaking them into sub standard popcorn garbage. One of the latest films to get the take down is the excellent 1974 New York City thriller The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 that has been recently redone by the hack action director Tony Scott, who by the way is the brother of the so much better Ridley. Maybe Tony was adopted because the two don’t share the talent trait. I mean this guy has not made one decent film. So we all know the story. A subway train is highjacked. In the old version the leader of the gang was played by Robert Shaw who is…
Didn't even recognise Travolta to begin with. Yeah, your usual hijack type story.
The beginning of this movie was boring. It didn't take me yet, but longer and longer out in the movie it became interesting. I don't like movies when they talk, and talk and talk. But this movie is an exception. Over 50% of the movie is just talking. They talk about God and anything between sky and earth. Who cares? I liked the movie.
After I watched this movie I wondered how tall Denzel Washington was? So I checked it. 185. I`M AS TALL AS HIM. YEEEY
- Blade Runner
- True Romance
- Top Gun
- The Duellists
- Birdemic: Shock and Terror
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- The Brown Bunny
what movie pisses you off? What movie makes u mad ?
What movie do you totally hate?!?
- Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
- The Manchurian Candidate
- Star Trek
- Air America
Simply put, my attempt at Cinebro's challenge of watching 100 films in December. If I manage even half of that,…