The Taking of Pelham 123

I went to the movies on Sunday with my friends and saw 5 movies: Aliens in the Attic, The Ugly Truth, G-Force 3D, Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D, Public Enemy in that order. None of them were as good as The Taking of Pelham 123 that I saw a few weeks ago. It was a remake of a hostage thriller from 1974. I didn’t know it was a remake until after I saw the movie.

The Taking of Pelham 123

Denzel Washington as Walter Garber’s acting skills was breathtaking and magnificent. The intense mood he sets off, the way he portrays his character, it all keeps your eyes glue to the screen. You can’t even get up to go to the bathroom. In the movie, chaos was brought into his ordinary life and was able to handle the chaos with the right notch of attitude and perspective. He was able to portray a calming, confident, semi-sane character under this type of pressure. He was always excellent in portraying these type of characters hense his other movies (ie. Man on Fire with Dakota Fanning).

Denzel Washington

John Travolta as Ryder was excellent but his acting was somewhat exaggerated. I think he exaggerated by cursing too often and his mood swing. What I meant by mood swing is – He was laid back and friendly to Walter Garber one second and scream and cursing at them the next. He did portray his character as Ryder very well with his physical appearance and his emotions. The mood swing did make him more fun to watch. He is great as a bad guy. He has the skills. He also has the looks of a bad gangster guy. His beard did the work. The image designer who worked on his character did a great job.

John Travolta


As for the plot, Ryder was the criminal mastermind of a gang which consist of 3 other members. One of the gang member used to work for MTA. He was the gang’s subway-knowledge henchman. They asked for ten million dollar ransom for a car full of passengers. They threaten to execute a person for ever one minute they are late in meeting the deadline (one hr). Walter Garber a subway dispatcher was to outsmart Ryder and his gang in their own game with his extensive knowledge of the subway system to save the hostages.

I love the heat and tension that builds up the movie. But through it all, Walter had one question in mind that he can’t quite comprehend: even if the thieves do succeed in getting their money, how could they possibly get out of the tunnels undetected? You would need to see the movie on DVD to get that answer.


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