The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews
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.