Friday, January 29, 2010
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 
Director: Tony Scott.
Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini.
Plot: A Subway Train is hijacked and people are held hostage. Hijackers demand ransom. What is their ulterior motive? Do they get away with this? That’s the story.
Denzel and Tony Scott join hand in yet another tense block buster. The Deadly Duo gave movies like Man on fire, Déjà Vu and Crimson Tide, was the cause of much hype for this thriller. The movie fell short to the expectations of the movie buffs.
The original released in 1974 by the same name was adapted from John Godey’s best seller. It was a first-rate heist movie with a classy end. The thing I love about remakes is that they share only the core. They have a different plot and different characterization that keeps you in the edge of the seat.
Denzel Washington [Walter Garber] gave an indelible performance as a train dispatcher alleged of taking bribe in some sort of train contract. I seriously think John Travolta [Ryder] should take lessons for swearing from Al Pacino. Apart from that, Travolta did a decent job as a demented, not afraid to die Hijacker.
I loved this conversation between Garber and Ryder.
Garber -She was unhappy but she understood.
Ryder - Well, that’s love right?
Garber -No that’s marriage. That’s a different thing.
The movie is a fast pace thriller ending up in the usual face off between the good guy and the bad guy. It has excess of what is required in a crime movie but it is shadowed by fast pace and presence of Denzel and Travolta. This is a perfect entertainer; I would recommend this movie, provided you haven’t watched the original.