The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

The ordinary day of New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder, the criminal mastermind who leads the highly-armed gang of four hijackers, threatens to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a strong cast, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 suffers under the excesses of Tony Scott's frantic direction, and fails to measure up to the 1974 original.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

'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.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

I was really disappointed by this.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

It's funny how Scott's trademark blurry quick-cutting - once considered so cutting edge - feels so dated now.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Can a director be arrested for the attempted hijack of our emotions?

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A professionally mounted genre exercise which tries to please both thriller and social drama crowds, and suffers mightily as a result.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Set in a nightmare New York City, the subway hostage thriller batters our nerves like a tom-tom.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

You're so busy enjoying the sound and picture quality that you're inclined to forgive the film's missteps.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Im not sure how good the original wsa but this was a different take on your normal terrorist/criminal hostage movie. Decent acting, ok action. It was what it… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Having nothing more than vague knowledge about the original, I watched this not… More
Jim Hunter
A group of hijackers negotiate with a subway dispatcher. Tony Scott's over-direction, which occasionally worked in <i>>True Romance</i> and… More
Anthony Lawrie
I liked the original Taking of Pelham but I don't think it so good it didn't warrant a remake. That said, I'm not particularly fond of remakes… More
Eric Alvarez
I've never seen the original so I can't make a comparison there, but I felt the movie stood alone on its own very well. Denzel was Denzel (great as… More
Ken Stachnik
Can some one explain to me why Denzel stopped to call his wife when he only had 7 minutes to get across town and deliver the money? Oh yea I know why, this… More

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