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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews

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½ July 27, 2015
Great performances by Denzel Washington & John Travolta make this one hell of a Train Ride ;). I've always been a big fan of John Travolta as the bad guy character and he doesn't disappoint here as a depressed New York man who takes a train captive and demands that a lowly subway dispatcher (Washington) makes good on his ransom (with interesting math to get there) or he will kill 1 passenger every minute that he's late, good action sequences and some great acting make this a must see
July 26, 2015
An entertaining remake.
May 30, 2015
I thought this movie was good. There was action and a good amount of suspense. Denzel was good and John Travolta can play a really good villain. The plot was very simple, but that is what you get with a hostage-type movie. The villain takes people hostage and the good guy saves the hostages and defeats the bad guy.
May 22, 2015
Tony Scott has always been known as Ridley Scott´s brother rather than by his actual directing abilities but he has managed to make some action films that have gotten a favorable response from general audiences like "Top Gun" or "Crimson Tide" but he is also responsible for some films that received some overwhelming negative reaction like "Domino" or "The Fan". So in what category "The Taking of Pelham 123" falls into?
A group of terrorists hijack a New York City subway train, Pelham 123, and threaten to kill all the passengers in one hour unless they are given 10 million dollars. It all depends on a man named Walter Garber a train operator, who must save the life of as many passengers as possible and putting this criminals behind bars.
Having not seen the original 1974 film, my expectations for this remake were nonexistent and this film deliver to those expectations. "The Taking of the Pelham 123" counts with a big cast that's mostly provide some average performances: Denzel Washington is bland, John Turturro seems uninterested, Tony Soprano has nothing to do and John Travolta is fun as the angry bad guy but he is extremely hammy. The story is nothing memorable, the cinematography is adequate, some ideas are presented that are quickly forgotten, it's filled with one dimensional characters, some of the dialog is funny, and Tony Scott´s directing is so over the top and confusing that you can barely see what's going on with the constant use of zoom, shaky cam and bizarre cuts. But even with all those problems, this film knows what it is (a generic thriller) and it sticks with it thus making it entertaining at times.
"The Taking of Pelham 123" is an average film that will entertain you but is absolutely nothing else.
May 18, 2015
Pretty strong acting coupled with a tense plot, the film is a solid rendition of the original.
May 7, 2015
Solid acting. Solid action. Solid script. Solid movie.
½ April 3, 2015
saw it last night, it was good. Lots of action.
March 21, 2015
Solid good-guy vs. bad guy movie.
March 9, 2015
Love the back and forth between John Travolta and Denzel Washington. A little slow getting started.
February 15, 2015
Though it may not live up to the 1974 original, The Taking Of Pelham 123 still delivers a solid cast with strong performances by Denzel Washington and John Travolta and plenty of thrills to heighten the film's tension.
½ January 30, 2015
Molti buchi nella sceneggiatura ma Denzel ne esce sempre bene.
January 29, 2015
The 1974 original is one of my favorite films from the 1970s. This is a pale, joyless imitation that removes most of the great elements from the original (including the perfect final shot). Travolta was sorely miscast.
January 26, 2015
Tacky and oppressively over-directed with too much style and too little substance and not nearly enough actual tension to support the effort.
January 20, 2015
Màs de lo mismo ,Tony Scott no se esfuerza por hacer un producto novedoso, una historia ya contada y un hèroe de turno.
½ January 10, 2015
a very good movie by oine of m favourite directors and actors.
½ December 28, 2014
Travolta de villano siempre destaca y pues con un ambiente en New York que mas se puede pedir...
December 22, 2014
Despite a strong cast, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is better than the 1974 original
½ December 19, 2014
A not-bad remake of a classic, gritty 70s movie.
November 25, 2014
Washington & Travolta? Great.
½ November 9, 2014
An unfortunate sort of "Unstoppable" which has Denzel Washington but not Frank's courage or charism and has a train but not a movent one. Attached to this, a couple of useless characters: a corrupt mayor and an inefficient negotiator.
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