The Taking of Pelham 123
The Taking of Pelham 123 – DVD Review
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 Garbe into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
Everyone I know was furious at their remaking a classic Walter Matthau, how could they possibly think about doing that? Well, this is not so much a remake as a redo of “Taking of Pelham 123” and I didn’t live in New York when this was made, and I may not have actually been born when this was made, but nevertheless, New Yorkers have always objected the idea that Pelham 123 is supposed to be the 456 line. Ok, this movie actually goes out of the way to explain why they call it “Taking of Pelham, 123”. The subway train leaves at 123, but that is how we identify New York transit, but nevertheless, this is John Travolta as the bad guy, and Denzel as the good guy, and it really cooks. It actually is dependent on 2009 technology, and the Internet, and also included things in our society that didn’t exist when the original was made, and Tony Scott is the director, so of course things get blown up and there is some car crashes, but it is just an entertaining movie that will hold your attention for an hour and 40 minutes. Yes ma’am and sir. Is it a classic? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s certainly a summer fun movie, so four stars for the “Taking of Pelham 123”, which would actually be the “Taking of Pelham 456”. 5 stars.