The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

121 mins
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Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an... More

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The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) | Ratings & Reviews

"More than anything a fascinating portrait of how much New York has changed in 35 years, the film delivers the goods in excitement and big-star charisma."


"For a good hour, Scott delivers a tense cat-and-mouser. Goes off track when Denzel turns action hero, but his riffing with a sinister Trav is what propels this Pelham."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Even at a distance from each other (Washington/Travolta), they conduct a tag-team master class in old-style movie star technique, barreling through every cliché and nugget of corn the script has to offer with verve and conviction. Even when you don't really believe them, they're always a lot of fun to watch."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"It's a first-class ride. All aboard."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"There's not much wrong with Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, except that there's not much really right about it."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"If you can abide cringe-worthy scripts, over-the-top stunts, and "what a guy" posturing, then The Taking of Pelham 123 is probably not a bad way to disengage the brain."

Otago Daily TimesOtago Daily Times

"Big, loud, dumb and furiously entertaining."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"So professionally done you rarely have the luxury of taking your eyes off the screen."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Curiously, despite the ever-energetic Tony Scott at the throttle, the sleek new edition isn't as transporting as it should have been."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Pelham One was first class. Pelham Two stuck to the schedule. Pelham Three needs a bus pass."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"Pelham 123 loses all credibility in the last 20 minutes, and a twist I was waiting for never arrived, but the film is still an enjoyable waste of a few hours of your life."

Dominion PostDominion Post

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) | Details

R16, contains violence & offensive language
Action, Drama, Thriller
Country of origin

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