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.
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
In the movie, from the audience's viewpoint, Ryder (John Travolta) is seen wearing an earring on his right ear while Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) has one on his left. Also notice that both of them has only a single earring. See more »
When the police are racing through town to deliver the money a police car crashes into a taxi. The door flies off and it is very clear that there is no driver in the taxi. See more »
Where do you begin with a movie this bad? This is the Hollywood
industry with its head jammed right up its own rear end. The line-up,
the setting, the countdown, the one-to-one head-on climax --- it's a
no-brainer, a dead cert for solid profits, right? Sadly, no one could
see past this fabrication to Brian Helgeland's screenplay, which is a
remake of a remake, and should be a slam-dunk, no? Not. It grasps for
originality with a drunken grope that scoops in only tawdry gimmicks. I
walked out when Travolta's stereotypical doomed-psycho character
started head-banging Denzel Washington's subway factotum into admitting
he had taken a bribe over a train purchase in Japan. Sorry, this was
not entertainment, this was a movie industry desperate to manipulate me
and my attention span into ignoring the removal of dollars from my
pocket-book. The US industry badly needs to get its head out of there,
and start seeking fresh new directors and writers with interesting new
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