The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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. A mustachioed 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?

Tony Scott (Top Gun, Enemy of the State) directs this remake of the Walter Matthau-starring 1974 thriller.

2009Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language121 minsUSA, UK
ActionDramaThriller
Director:
Tony Scott ('Top Gun', 'Days of Thunder', 'Enemy of the State', 'Spy Game', 'Man on Fire')
Writer:
Brian Helgeland
Cast:
Denzel WashingtonJohn TravoltaJames GandolfiniJohn TurturroLuis Guzmán
100%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

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.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Big, loud, dumb and furiously entertaining.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

2.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

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.

0

ACTION, COMEDY & THRILLER

This movie hits all 3 genres dead centre! While it is not without its flaws, The Taking of Pelham 123 is an easily watchable film. John Travolta easily steals the show as a serious but often black comedic gangster. Denzel Washington attempts to play his equal. Many reviews cite an original film which would make any re-make look worse off. I haven't seen it,...

4.0
0

Watch the origonal

If you want to enjoy the taking of Pehlam 1 2 3 I would not recommended this remake of it. Thumbs are down.

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

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.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Big, loud, dumb and furiously entertaining.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

2.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

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.

0

ACTION, COMEDY & THRILLER

This movie hits all 3 genres dead centre! While it is not without its flaws, The Taking of Pelham 123 is an easily watchable film. John Travolta easily steals the show as a serious but often black comedic gangster. Denzel Washington attempts to play his equal. Many reviews cite an original film which would make any re-make look worse off. I haven't seen...

4.0
0

Watch the origonal

If you want to enjoy the taking of Pehlam 1 2 3 I would not recommended this remake of it. Thumbs are down.

1.0
0