The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 28 2009

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In the annals of unnecessary remakes, few have felt more pointless than ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’. John Godey’s grimy dimestore novel was originally adapted for the big screen back in 1974, resulting in a taut thriller notable for inspiring Tarantino to create his colour-coded criminals in ‘Reservoir Dogs’. There’s no Mr Blue or Mr Green in Tony Scott’s remake – and it’s hard to imagine it inspiring anyone to do anything.

It starts well enough, as John Travolta’s burly, porn-moustachioed ex-con Ryder and his gang of thinly characterised crims take over a New York subway train and hold the passengers at gunpoint. Cue Denzel Washington’s Garber, an out-of-his-depth desk jockey with a sketchy moral history and a rapport with the bad guys. Let the verbal sparring commence!

The film’s mid-section, in which these two fine actors chew manfully through Brian Helgeland’s dialogue despite repeated interruption from James Gandolfini’s portly Mayor and Scott’s zipline shakycam histrionics, just about holds the attention. There are nice turns from John Turturro as a twitchy hostage negotiator and Luis Guzman as a squirrelly crook. But it all collapses in the final act, eschewing tension in favour of a series of dimly lit tunnel-bound shootouts. ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’ is not a bad film: it’s ponderous and shallow, but always watchable. But what it crucially fails to do, especially in the light of its illustrious predecessor, is justify its own existence.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jul 31, 2009

Duration:

106 mins

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KSLady

Travolta and Washington are both great actors .. enjoy watching them no matter what they are in ... BUT ... stop with the constant profanity !!

SRS

Been to see this tonight... Really enjoyed it, some nice one liners from Denzel which had the audience in the cinema i was in laughing, thought JT was very convincing, yes his character is like the ones he played in Swordfish and Broken Arrow, but he plays them SO well. Overall a good couple of hours entertainment and highly recommended.

chris

I have just come back from seeing this film, I thought it was great. Both John Travolta And Denzel Washington were very good. Would recommend to all.

Pete

Just forget that this is a remake of a movie that if placed side by side, despite the rosy views to the contrary, was just an OK movie this is a very watchable film with two great actors. Travolta is a convincing ex-con driven by greed and revenge against a plea deal that landed him in the hole for 10 years for a supine white collar crime. Denzel is the voice of reason with a sticky fingered past - great film all the way - with dodgy guy hereos and ineffectual cops. Stop living in the movieland past - TO reviewers.

Pete

Just forget that this is a remake of a movie that if placed side by side, despite the rosy views to the contrary, was just an OK movie this is a very watchable film with two great actors. Travolta is a convincing ex-con driven by greed and revenge against a plea deal that landed him in the hole for 10 years for a supine white collar crime. Denzel is the voice of reason with a sticky fingered past - great film all the way - with dodgy guy hereos and ineffectual cops. Stop living in the movieland past - TO reviewers.

mary

Enjoyed this film- just glad I'm not using an underground system any time soon....

Andy S

Not bad...not seen the original but maybe thats why I liked it. Denzel's always fab, and JT is basically the same character from 'Broken Arrow' and 'Swordfish'. Still, Gandolfi is a super mayor for a fat lad!!! And it keeps you gripped...rare for a Hollywood flick at present.