Walter Garber's (Denzel Washington) typical uneventful day at the MTA as a dispatcher turns into a giant adrenaline rush when men with guns hijack a subway train and demand a ransom in return. A remake of the 1974 film of the same name sees the old plot updated for todays times with John Travolta playing a snarling bad ass and James Gandolfini showing up as the mayor of NYC. The Travolta vs Washington casting promises much and it almost delivers. But the director / script writer cuts it short just when the going gets good. An action flick that keeps you engaged but not over awed.
Rating: * *