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.
One of Travoltas best.
Falls apart end...
Some of the producers and writers mention in the extras that the original wouldn't play with today's audience and that it needed an update and Travolta's all like this is pretty much the same movie on steroids. It doesn't all work. Some of the second unit stuff with the police cars are boring and over the top and the resolution isn't as strong as you'd expect. But you can tell this movie has ambitious themes and there's also Tony's insane visuals mixed with his extensive research of how things we see on screen work. Still pretty good.
Not great. Watch the original instead, although it was cool to see what happens when they throw A list talent into a remake of a legendary film. Ugh. Some cool visuals but nothing beats Owen Roizman's cinematography in the 1974 version.
While there are certainly moments where the suspense is palpable, The Taking of Pelham 123 is average at best. It focuses too much on fast cuts and frenetic editing, and it assumes that some sad music and cliched dialogue will substitute as character development. This could have been a good film (I've never seen the original, though it is on the list), but it would have needed a director more focused on character and plot than visual flair.
A surprisingly dull and unnecessary remake made more amusing than it deserves by John Travolta's ridiculously campy performance but also made less enjoyable by Tony Scott's bizarrely nauseating camera work and jarring editing. Never thought I'd long for the professionalism of Michael Bay when it comes to moving the camera but it is what it is.
Denzel was already in Denzel-by-the numbers at this stage which is fine but unspectacular and as familiar as ever. Jack Nicholson used to get a lot of snide remarks for essentially playing himself in every role but surely Denzel has him beat by now; he even tends to dress the same in most of his movies. Gandolfini gives the best performance playing his part against type with some dignity and restraint.
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…
The Guardian's list of 1000 books to read before you die is both inspiring and infuriating. Here is their same…
Here's a collection of films which take place entirely or almost entirely over the course of a 24 hour period…