The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
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A New York City subway dispatcher draws on his extensive knowledge of the subway system in order to outsmart a dangerous criminal mastermind who's hijacked a subway train in this remake of the 1974 thriller inspired by John Godey's best-selling book. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is drifting through his daily routine when he receives word that a heavily armed gang of four has hijacked a subway train and is holding all of the passengers hostage. Led by cunning master thief Ryder (John Travolta), the gunmen will begin executing everyone aboard should the authorities fail in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'The Taking of Pelham 123' is not a bad film: it's ponderous and shallow, but always watchable. But what it crucially fails to do, especially in the light of its illustrious predecessor, is justify its own existence."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"I was really disappointed by this."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"It's funny how Scott's trademark blurry quick-cutting - once considered so cutting edge - feels so dated now."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Thunderous, metallic, ominous, screeching sound effects add to the sensory perception that you're watching a megaton monster barreling toward a dramatic showdown."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"A valiant effort, but ultimately Pelham feels like little more than Washington's latest star vehicle, bound for Netflix after a short summer run."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Can a director be arrested for the attempted hijack of our emotions?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Whereas the original, directed by Joseph Sargent, was essentially a well-oiled B movie, the new incarnation, directed by Tony Scott, is bristling with high-tech gimcrackery and over-the-top camera flourishes."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A professionally mounted genre exercise which tries to please both thriller and social drama crowds, and suffers mightily as a result."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Veteran directorial fireball-hurler Tony Scott (Deja Vu, Top Gun) messes it up, as usual."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The fourth (and least effective) collaboration between Denzel Washington and Tony Scott..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Washington demonstrates his really remarkable ability to make us forget he's a movie star and completely believe he's a flawed but noble civil servant."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Set in a nightmare New York City, the subway hostage thriller batters our nerves like a tom-tom."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"You're so busy enjoying the sound and picture quality that you're inclined to forgive the film's missteps."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This sort of thing by design devolves into two guys talking on a phone, which if it's got any chance of working requires strong actors to bring their characters to life. Which is probably where Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 succeeds best."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"In the post 9-11 New York City, it's a patently ludicrous suggestion that four machine-gun toting, sinister looking individuals can walk freely about the most heavily-guarded subway system in the world."
‑ Simon Foster,
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