I didn't enjoy this as much as I expected to. The relationship between Walter and Ryder works well and I can't really fault Denzel Washington or John Travolta for their performances. But the rest of this movie isn't up to scratch.
The dramatic tension of the hostage situation never quite builds up to the promised crescendo, perhaps because Walter doesn't fully follow through on his threats or because the hostages' characters are not developed very well.
The focal point from start to finish should have been the pressure-cooker situation of the characters all being stuck on the one train, but the protagonists end up leaving the train and just chasing each other around the city, at which point any tension disintegrates and the movie becomes a bit dull.
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