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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

A movie directed by Tony Scott

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  • Oct 18, 2009
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Two great actors. Action packed. Kept me sitting on the edge for 2 hours or so and it's not because I didn't buckle up in the plane nor is it because there are air pockets!

Saw it on my flight from Hong Kong to Singapore on our very own tiny airplane seat screen. That didn't stopped me from enjoying an entire show though.

It was mostly dialogues and acting by the 2 main actors and yet it felt like the fast moving subway train. Yes, it's filmed on the subways of NYC and the motive is money and revenge, in that order. Denzel Washington doesn't look like the Denzel Washington I knew all these years. In fact, if I hadn't known it was him to begin with, I wouldn't have guessed! He looks a lot older and matured. That certainly didn't stop him from putting on a great act though.

John Travolta
puts on a much better act as a villain than a good guy, I think. It's like in Face Off, you can barely tell they are the same person! And he has certainly come a long way from Grease!

When I was looking at the plot summary on the airline magazine, I didn't expect to enjoy this show as much as I have had. The plot was simple. The acting was awesome. It's in this movie that I thought it's great to see the balancing act of Denzel Washington in keeping calm while talking to the terrorists (and he's not really trained in it either!) and in trying to do the right thing. It's also interesting to watch the slow emotional buildup between the two of them, I may have even detected a little respect between the two of them over the course of the story.

Anyhow, I thought it an excellent movie, not so much for the story or the action, but the way in which emotions are being acted out, it's quite an amazing one. Great acting by both actors. In fact, the entire movie may have involved a lot of actors, ultimately though, it's success lies in only the 2 of them! Who's redeeming who, you decide.


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November 13, 2010
Yeah this was good with the always great Denzel.
 
December 12, 2009
The acting was great in this flick. Travolta looked really angry almost as if he was channeling an inner rage! Nice one, Sharrie, great movie to catch on the plane...
 
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review by . November 06, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Not As Thrilling as the 1974 Action Classic But More Decent Than Most Crime Thrillers
   It has been maybe 10-12 years since I saw the original “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” and I think it would be safe to assume that a vast majority of the crowds in the multiplexes haven’t even heard of the movie. The original was based on the book by John Godey and while it has a very simple premise; but as I can remember, it was a great movie because of its simplicity. Directed by Joseph Sargent, the 1974 original had a very intense screenplay that fares detective Zach …
review by . July 22, 2011
It's astonishing that anyone considers Tony Scott to be anything other than a hack. Just a brief perusal of his oeuvre confirms this certainty: the moronic posturing and inexplicably unintentional homoeroticism of Top Gun; the noisy tedium of ostentatious actioners like The Last Boy Scout and Crimson Tide; odious, brain-dead vehicles for Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise (neither of whom have turned in a single noteworthy performance in over a decade) such as Days of Thunder, the lesser of two …
review by . August 12, 2010
Here we have another movie set in NYC, this time in it subway system. Denzel Washington plays the good guy and Travolta plays the bad guy. The plot is simple enough; a group of men take a subway car full of passengers hostage and hold them for ransom. They receive the ransom money and try to get away, but don't make it far due to Washington's cunning, quick thinking and craftiness. Besides the two main characters, the movie features a lot of smaller names such as James Gandolfini as NYC's mayor. …
review by . November 06, 2009
I like Tony Scott I think he's an awesome director with a great style and a brilliant way of film making. But he just didn't know how to use it, until now.               The Taking of Pelham 123 is a breathtaking, mind blowing, brilliant, atmospheric, stylish, daring and clever. It's an action drama or heist drama that's got the heart the depth of character and the emotion to be worthy of greatness. Tony Scott the director of such favorites as Man …
review by . November 05, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Tony Scott lavishes his directorial style on this remake of THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123, based on John Godey's novel and adapted for the screen by Brian Helgeland. For some viewers this ruins the gold standard of the original film: for this viewer it heightens the mass, faceless, rapidly paced anonymity of life on the New York subways and makes the pace of the story almost breathless. This time around Denzel Washington is the demoted dispatcher who must deal directly with the insane John Travolta and …
review by . December 01, 2009
A Film with Great Pieces of Acting, but in the End, Nothing Special...
At first glance, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, seemed like it was going to be a really entertaining film, full of action packed scenes with some really great acting put into the mix.  While Pelham did have some really good acting, the action sequences lacked the umph they needed to makes it a really good film.  With pain staking predictability added into the fold, Pelham 1 2 3 didn't make the cut.  This seems to be the theme for remakes these days though, they end up faltering because …
Quick Tip by . October 18, 2009
I just watched this movie on the plane yesterday. It's awesome acting by Denzel W & John T. Fascinating, fast paced & I highly enjoyed it!
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 The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 thriller film, directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington, and John Travolta. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Morton Freedgood (writing under the pseudonym John Godey), and is a remake of the original 1974 film adaptation, which was also remade in 1998 as a TV movie. Production of the current remake began in March 2008, and the film was released on June 12, 2009.[2]

John Godey's 1973 novelThe Taking of Pelham One Two Threeboasts a suspense situation so surefire that even the directorial bad habits of Tony Scott can't ruin this latest movie version. Four armed men seize a New York City subway train, isolate one car, and threaten to start killing passengers if a ransom isn't paid within the hour. The ransom was a million dollars in the book and also in Joseph Sargent's solid 1974 movie, in which Robert Shaw played the mercenary leading the hostage takers and Walter Matthau was the growling transit cop trying to outsmart him. In 2009, the title has gone digital--The Taking of Pelham 123--and inflation has jumped the asking price to $10 million. Where Shaw's menace was steely, John Travolta opts for manic, and shamelessly has a blast in the master villain role. His adversary, cagily underplayed by Denzel Washington, has been upgraded in civil-service rank but also demoted on suspicion of taking a bribe. This colors the ...
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Director: Tony Scott
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: June 12, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Brian Helgeland, John Godey
DVD Release Date: November 3rd 2009
Runtime: 106 Mins.
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures
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