“The Taking of Pelham 123”
In “The Taking of Pelham 123” Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there’s one riddle Garber can’t solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?
The Taking of Pelham 123 is a remake of the highly regarded 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which starred old-school actors Walter Matthau, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizando and Earl Hindman.
This is an edge-of-your-seat movie that will keep you enthralled till the end. The movie explores the relationship between ordinary Joe (Washington) just trying to do his job, and the clever and driven criminal mastermind (Travolta) in a way that has you rooting for both of them at times. James Gandolfini is excellent as the bumbling, arrogant mayor but the real action is between the two main stars. Need to watch on a big TV as the scenes throughout New York and the subway are brilliant. Well worth watching these holidays.
Seen it? What did you think?