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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

When all is said and done, The Taking of Pelham 123 is a reliable, if unremarkable thriller that delivers what it must, and doesn't waste a moment doing so.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2009
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

Packed with enough rap music, nauseating camera jerks, speed shifts and freeze frames to almost, so nearly, convince us something interesting is occurring on screen.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 26, 2009
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons

Pelham would've been better served by a handful of Ritalin, or perhaps a director who wouldn't dare sacrifice rollicking suspense to feed his meaningless camera fetishes. Stick with the 1974 version.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

August 23, 2009
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)

Ultimately, this is not a great train-robbery film -- but hey, in the whole scheme of things, it's not a bad one, either.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2009
D.K. Holm
Vancouver Voice

"Bland, overweight, and overpaid actors enact their dumbshow against a backdrop of urban efficiency prettied up for consumer delight."

Full Review Source: Vancouver Voice

August 23, 2009
Scott A. Mantz
Entertainment Insiders

Stays on track as an entertaining-enough suspense thriller featuring fine performances by Denzel Washington, John Travolta and James Gandolfini.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Made with all the sinewy economy and storytelling clarity honed by making lots of high end TV commercials, Tony Scott pumps contempo energy and visual style into this classic good story

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 20, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

It is all about star power and screen charisma with Washington and Travolta making formidable adversaries, whether on screen together or at opposing ends of the microphone.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 20, 2009
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly

[It's]a popcorn movie, nothing more and nothing less.

Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2009

I won't lie and say The Taking of Pelham 123 is destined to be a classic, nor does it make a whole lot of sense, but it is goofy fun and does no damage to the original.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: B-

August 11, 2009
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Unlike Sargent, who trusted his story to provide the fireworks, Scott resorts to gimmicks: choppy editing, speeded-up footage that segues inexplicably into slo-mo, and pointless explosions of noise. Sometimes, less really is more.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2009
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)

All sound and fury, devoid of any relevance or resonance.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Scott, a sensationalist who cut his teeth in advertising and still looks upon every minute of a feature film as a TV commercial, hits us from the opening shot with speeded-up film, rapid cutting, flash pans, and rap music.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

August 4, 2009
Victor Olliver
Teletext

This is a post-9/11 city: terrorism is suspected, the cops are over-armed and trigger happy. Why they don't shoot Ryder when they could is unexplained.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 3, 2009
Drew McWeeny
HitFix

Where the movie can't quite deliver is in... some third act choices... that seem to be motivated by the servicing of movie star egos instead of story sense or character reality.

Full Review Source: HitFix

August 1, 2009
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Scott's style, all staccato edits and blurry panic, pays off in a few minor scenes, though it's a pity a sub-plot traffic accident has more impact than the main event.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2009
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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'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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2009

Featuring good work from the dependable Denzel, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is hampered by hyper-kinetic visuals from Scott, an over-zealous turn from Travolta and a thoughtless script from Brian Helgeland.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2009
Toby Young
Times [UK]

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not a disaster by any means. For most of its running time, it's a slick, well-crafted piece of entertainment. But you can't help wondering just how good it might have been in the hands of a less self-advertising director.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Head-bangingly hyperactive as ever, action maestro Tony Scott appears to have upped his caffeine intake for this unexpectedly entertaining remake.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2009
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