The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a film about a crew of criminals who hijack a subway train. I love the pace of this film, because it does an excellent job of slowly raising the stakes so I'm always on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will come next. I also love the way they melded 2 different genres that I love. There is the heist film that has us meeting the crooks and figuring out how they will execute their plan, and simultaneously we are given a mystery film where we get to see how the police are going to solve this problem. The movie has a superb cast, loaded with names and faces that you'll recognize. Most prominent of these actors are Robert Shaw as the leader of the gang, and Walter Matthau as the man in charge of the transit cops. They have very different styles, but I love watching them talk to one another because they're always trying to get into the other person's head. The movie has some humor sprinkled throughout it, and I loved that aspect as well. Some of the characters who are working for the subway have hilarious personalities, and I was intrigued when those humorous characters suddenly became serious as the tension escalated. The ending isn't some dramatic or unpredictable twist like you might expect, but that didn't matter to me because I was enjoying the entire ride. However I could see others being let down because the film seems to be setting up for some brilliant surprise by the crooks, but it's simply not all that shocking. To be honest, the only criticism I have of this film is the quality of the version I was able to watch. It had some serious sound issues, including some very poor ADR lines. I think if I can watch it again in a higher quality this might be a film I love for a long time.