The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 2009

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Despite a strong cast, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 suffers under the excesses of Tony Scott's frantic direction, and fails to measure up to the 1974 original.

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Chaos reigns in the New York City subway system when heavily armed criminals, led by a mastermind named Ryder (John Travolta), hijack a subway train and threaten to kill everyone on board unless a large ransom is paid. Dispatcher Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) uses his extensive knowledge of the transit system in a bid to outwit the hijackers and save the hostages, but one question remains: even if the hijackers get their money, how can they possibly escape?

Cast & Crew

Luis Guzmán
Phil Ramos
Michael Rispoli
John Johnson
Frank Wood
Police Commissioner Sterman
John Benjamin Hickey
Deputy Mayor LaSalle
Gary Basaraba
Jerry Pollard (Motorman)
Ramon Rodriguez
Delgado
Brian Helgeland
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Barry H. Waldman
Executive Producer
Michael Costigan
Executive Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh
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Critic Reviews for The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (72) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (113)

  • The original film was far superior and will be remembered in years to come while the current remake will soon be forgotten.

    January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • In yet another blander-than-bland remake of a classic film, flash-over-substance specialist Tony Scott takes Joseph Sargent's taut, 1974 action-thriller and processes it through the multiplex mulching machine.

    August 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Mechanical and unspirited, this is just another goddam remake, as they might say in the Big Apple.

    August 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • '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.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

  • Sep 15, 2019
    Travolta is obviously miscast but its not as distracting as I feared. Overall its a solid remake that, while not as good, still updates the original in interesting ways.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2016
    Having never even seen or even heard of the original I can't really compare it, But the film itself is very good, A strong cast put in a good performance, But John Travolta was great and a very good villain, Denzel Washington was great but he always is, Some great action and some good car stunts too, The story has been done before but a few clever differences make this film stand out, Very gripping and very entertaining.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
    I can not remember I was ever bored watching a Movie with Denzel Washington. This was a one great Thriller.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2013
    A group of hijackers negotiate with a subway dispatcher. Tony Scott's over-direction, which occasionally worked in <i>>True Romance</i> and <i>Crimson Tide</i>, makes this film almost unwatchable. Quick cuts, sharp pans, and an ever-moving circle around characters, Scott allows no subtlety in performance or presentation. Denzel Washington does his best, and John Travolta can play unhinged, but their performances aren't enough to keep the film engaging. The story falls apart as many of the plotlines remain undeveloped and unresolved. James Gandolfini's mayor is set up to be spurious, but this story goes nowhere, and the ending of Ryder and Garber is predictable and improbable. Overall, Washington is a great actor, but this shouldn't go in his highlight reel.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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