The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller

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Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

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  • Tony Scott and Alex Kaluzhsky at an event for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Aisha Tyler at an event for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Luis Guzmán at an event for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • John Travolta in The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Amanda Righetti at an event for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • John Travolta in The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

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25 October 2010 | ma-cortes
| Nice remake full of suspense , intrigue , noisy action and top-notch performances
This is a good movie plenty of twists and turns with heart-stopping excitement , it's an outstanding take on of the 1974 film of the same title in which various hijackers (Travolta, Luis Guzman, Gojcaj) , kidnap a N.Y.C. subway train and hold the city to ransom . Gripping thriller about a ragged team (led by ruthless John Travolta and his cohorts ) of kidnappers who hijack a commuter train and the events get worse . Soon , what should have been a standard kidnap and ransom transaction turns a dangerous game of killings between the foul-mouthed ringleader Travolta and the authorities (Inspector played by John Turturro and Mayor performed by James Gandolfini) with Denzel Washington in middle . The leader demands by them for millions of dollars ransom in cash to be delivered on limited time to avoid murdering the occupants one by one. The transit controller framed allegedly by bribes must deal with the unexpected , a terrible hijacking of a commuter train and he becomes saviour of the system . The passengers of the tube represent a cross-section of New York , as an African-American , , ex-soldier , a WASP , a mother with her little boy , and a teen with his personal computer , among others.

Exciting action movie that contains first-rate edition ,terrific acting and jarring bursts of violence . Brooding narrative of Washington's efforts to rescue and save the victims is developed on a unthinkable final . Pulsating musical score by Harry Gregson Williams and colorful cinematography by Tobias Schliessler . Crackerjack script by Brian Helgeland who greatly improves John Godey's best seller novel. This edge-of-your-seat motion picture is professionally directed by Tony Scott in his usual desperate style that retains a peculiar fascination .

Other films dealing with this thrilling story are the following : 1974 classic version by Joseph Sargent with Robert Shaw (Travolta role), Walter Matthaw (Washington character) as a cynical, grumbling , gum-chewing Transit Authority adding his comic and ironic qualities , along with Martin Balsam and Jerry Stiller . Furthermore ,a boring TV adaptation by Felix Enriquez Alcala with Edward James Olmos , Vincent DÓnofrio and Donnie Wahlberg .

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