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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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Denzel Washington, The Taking of Pelham 123
Rico Torres

The Taking of Pelham 123

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
06/12/09
performer:
John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Gbenga Akinnagbe, James Gandolfini, Luis Guzman, John Turturro
director:
Tony Scott
distributor:
Columbia Pictures
author:
2694
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Movie lovers have inexplicably strong ? attachments to certain films. Take 1974’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — a caper set in NYC when it was apparently a cesspool populated by slobby civil servants like Walter Matthau. Tony Scott’s slick remake, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, scraps everything but the crackerjack premise: A psycho hijacks a subway train, holding passengers for ransom. Where the original was silly, Scott’s take is suspenseful, due in part to Denzel Washington’s weary dispatcher and John Travolta’s neck-tattooed baddie. EXTRAS include making-of featurettes and a chatty commentary from Scott, who calls the original ”dumb.” B+

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