The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Rated R 121 minutes 2009

Not insulting, but absolutely no improvement on the 1974 original. Killer thugs led by maniacal John Travolta commandeer a New York City subway train and it’s up to mild-mannered transit exec Denzel Washington to stop them. Someone should have stopped fireball expert Tony Scott (Top Gun) from getting hold of this project — all he does is add unnecessary car crashes and CGI explosions instead of letting Washington, cop John Turturro, and NYC mayor James Gandolfini take center stage. For hammy Travolta there was never any hope in the first place. Run-of-the-mill screenplay by Brian Helgeland, adapted from John Godey’s novel (106 min.).

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Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/thetakingofpelham123

Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Brian Helgeland and John Godey

Producer: Todd Black, Tony Scott, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli and James Gandolfini

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