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: June 12, 2009
DVD 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.

Ed Koch
The Atlantic

The original film was far superior and will be remembered in years to come while the current remake will soon be forgotten.

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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.

Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Hauling their luxurious backstories like matching trailers, hero and villain face off with what seems like contractual symmetry.

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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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Daniel Kasman

Clearly, this isn't about crime and it isn't about terror; it isn't even about the's about being fed up with the quintessential American city.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Overall a good movie, good performances, got your adrenaline going.

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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][/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
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
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
Daniel Perry
Corny and clumsy but surprisingly exciting. Solid action flick, with another steady "average man" performance by the always enjoyable Denzel… More