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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  12 June 2009 (USA)
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Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

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In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he'll start shooting hostages. He'll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it's unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Will hostages, kidnappers, and negotiators live through this? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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train | hostage | subway | hijack | ransom | See more »

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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The Taking of Pelham 123  »

Box Office

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,784,719 (UK) (31 July 2009)

Gross:

£4,720,832 (UK) (21 August 2009)
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Ryder says to Garber, "You live, you die, you either go with the current or you fight it, but you all end up in the same place", to which Garber asks, "Where's that, Jersey". Ryder then says, "Yeah, you watch it, I was born there man." John Travolta, who plays Ryder, was born in Englewood, New Jersey. See more »

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On the train there is a boy who has his girlfriend on webcam via laptop. Midway through the movie the laptop's battery dies and shows 0% power left. However closer towards the end the boy is somehow able to turn on the laptop, reconnect to the webcam service, and even utter a few words before it cuts to another scene. With 0% battery power this would be impossible. See more »

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Ryder: I talked to God.
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Ryder: He said I should trust in Him, all others pay cash. How soon can you get it down here?
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Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
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Brain Damaged Film-making!!!
1 October 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The original "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974) starring Robert Shaw and Walter Matthau is a classic. Tony Scott's remake, "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" (2009) is not.

This remake begins with what has become the obtrusive and defining style of Tony Scott's recent pictures.

Frenetic editing, sudden wipes, stuttering frames, rapid focus-pulls, repetitive zooms and ear piercing sound design to punctuate every moment. This style soon becomes sickening and you wish for a moment a shot would simply hold for more than 3 seconds without constant self-conscious cinematic gimmicks.

This arranged marriage of production effects even made me laugh out loud when during a helicopter shot of the New York skyline, the sun disappears behind some sky scrappers and each time it does you get a "whoosh" sound followed by a train "beeep"!

Soon after this nauseous beginning, a simple edit of Denzel Washington sitting at his desk is badly botched when a mid-shot cuts to a close-up and he is looking and sitting in a completely different position!

On top of these shallow post production and in-camera effects, the core of the original has been dumbed down with a profane and ranting script. The joy of the original ending has gone to be replaced by guns, ranting, salutes and machismo.

Gone is the tension and excitement of the original. Gone is the subtlety of performance. Gone is the humour. In fact everything that made the original great has been wiped clean from this horrendous exercise in style over content.

The wife asks for a gallon of milk (a ridiculous scene) and I am sure you would have a better time trying to drink that gallon of milk in one go than suffer this atrocious attempt at film-making.

Tony Scott is less talented than his brother but still showed promise with his early work. If he continues down this route of brain damaged film-making, I will avoid his pictures as I do those of Michael Bay and Ron Howard.


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