"Pelham" Is Suspenseful, Fun Summer Heist Flick
In "The Taking of Pelham 123," Denzel Washington plays Walter Garber, a
dispatcher in the New York City subway's control center. When Garber
notices that the Pelham 123 train has stopped for seemingly no reason,
he radios the driver and discovers that the train and its passengers
have been taken hostage. A team of criminals led by a man who
identifies himself as Ryder (John Travolta) is demanding that the mayor
(James Gandolfini) give them $10 million within one hour in exchange
for the hostages. If there's a delay, Ryder threatens to kill one
hostage for each minute that the money's late.
This film is a remake of the 1974 original starring Walter Matthau
alongside Jerry Stiller and Hector Elizondo. The filmmakers took some
liberties with the story, which enhanced it. For instance, Garber is no
longer Lt. Garber, a transit cop. "Pelham" is a by-the-numbers heist
flick; the good guy will win, but the fun is seeing how he'll do it.
Because Garber is no longer a professional crime fighter, an otherwise
predictable (although enjoyable) premise becomes more suspenseful.
Also, the updated story portrays technology as both a blessing and a
curse to good effect.
Washington and Travolta deliver engaging performances. Playing a
relatively low-key, almost geeky civil servant is an interesting change
of pace for Washington. Travolta is terrifying as a disturbingly
intelligent crook who oscillates between being sadistic and amiable.
The conversations between Garber and Ryder touch on fate, relationships
and even contain moments of humor. Such lines, in the mouths of less
capable actors, would have been tedious.
A standout in the supporting cast is John Turturro as police negotiator
Officer Camonetti, who inserts himself into the hostage situation.
Although playing a hard-boiled cop, Turturro handles the role
delicately and prevents Camonetti from becoming a caricature.
One slight disappointment is that Garber's wife Therese (Aunjanue
Ellis) does not factor into the film that much. Her appearance in the
film's trailer is half of her appearance in the film. One would think
that there would be plenty of home-related conflict considering that
Garber's situation could result in professional, if not fatal,
consequences. But then again, the story plays out in a little more than
an hour, so the short shrift makes some logical sense: Perhaps there
wasn't enough time for panic to mount.
This performance-driven (I had to make a pun somewhere) crime thriller
is a must-see for the summer..
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great train movie couldnt wait for it to end.
t starts fast and stays steady the entire film. I would definitely recomend this picture if you are a fan.
The taking of Pelham 123 (2009): I saw this film recently in 'Star Movies". Such a thrilling experience. Really it IS a thriller. A Railway Officer( under suspension, for his alleged involvement in accepting bribe from a Japanese Railway Company) accidentally has to negotiate with an abductor who is trying to kidnap a train with 19 innocent passengers. How the police plans and executes the release of the passengers with the help of the Hero is the film. Very good film! Troy: "Helen of Troy" inspired by Homer's ILIAD retold with mammoth settings and hi-fi graphics. Before you watch this great epic, better you study the plot, heros and the land before 3500 years. Nice experience! keyebee .
Great movie Denzel and John are the best in this movie.
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pelicula de accion, con diferentes tintes en la trama.
two solid leads but the results are underwhelming
It started out like any ordinary day; that's likely what New York City
subway dispatcher Walter Garber, an employee of questionable character,
was thinking when he got up and went to work in the morning. Little did
he know that he'd become the confidante and "stand-in" hostage
negotiator for a slick criminal mastermind who takes over the Pelham
subway train and demands money in exchange for the lives of its
passengers. Hearing the names Washington, Travolta, and Scott creates a
lot of anticipation, but unfortunately what wants to be a slick
combination of suspense thriller and character study instead results in
a ponderous film with a weak setup, predictable plot twists, shallow
characters, and little tension. It's easy to watch with actors of
Washington and Travolta's caliber at work, but Scott's direction is
pretentious and throws out some obligatory action scenes that seem to
exist for the sole purpose of padding the time on the way to an
expected climax. The leads do what they can with the strained material
but really deserve better. **.