The Taking of Pelham 123

The Taking of Pelham 123

Tony Scott (2009)

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Our Score
The pointless transformation of the title of this remake of the 1974 New York subway hijacking classic (figures instead of the words One Two Three) is the first clue to the fact that it has little original to add. A slightly ragged Denzel Washington fails to capture the weary sang-froid of the great Walter Matthau in the role of the subway train controller tensely negotiating with a crazed hijacker, here played by John Travolta in full scenery-chewing mode. Director Tony Scott adds his trademark visual pyrotechnics but little else. Worse, Brian Helgeland's screenplay strips the irony and mordant wit of the original - in which the hostages were, if anything, even more unlikeable than the hostage-takers. A hijacking movie that's been hijacked, then.


Criminals hijack a crowded New York subway train and threaten to start shooting the passengers unless a $10million ransom is paid in one hour. However, the transport supervisor they issue their demands to begins to suspect the plot is part of an even grander scheme. Tony Scott's thriller remake, with Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

Cast & Crew

Walter Garber Denzel Washington
Ryder John Travolta
Camonetti John Turturro
The Mayor James Gandolfini
Phil Ramos Luis Guzman
Bashkim Victor Gojcaj
John Johnson Michael Rispoli
Delgado Ramon Rodriguez
Director Tony Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 Jul 2009