Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Taking of Pelham 123

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: * *

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