The Taking Of Pelham 123
Denzel Washington I don’t mind – I’ve seen enough good films with him in them to know that he’s got good odds when it comes to being in a good film. John Travolta on the other hand, I really don’t like him. Can think of too many films with him in them that I’ve enjoyed. Add to the mix that this is a remake of a film base don the adaptation of a 1975 novel and things aren’t looking too good.
So yeah, I approached Pelham 123 with a large degree of skepticism.
But then I remembered Tony Scott. Tony Scott knows his way around films, and he’s proven his chops with Denzel as well, so maybe this wouldn’t be a dud after all.
And it isn’t.
It’s not really the action film that you imagine either. It’s more a tightly woven thriller that starts off nice and slow, allowing you to believe you know exactly what’s going to happen. Then BAM! it throws you off guard and has you on the ropes for the rest of the film.
I’m still not a fan of Travolta though. He does an okay job, and probably suits being the bad guy 0- he’s easy to dislike. But it’s Denzel that caries the film, it’s his character, a flawed but honest and likable man that you relate to.
So if you’re looking for a tight little thriller, with some slow motion music video moments, a couple of action scenes and a whole lot of sitting on the edge of your seats, then you’ll enjoy Pelham.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date; February 24th, 2010
Stars; Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Victor Gojcaj, Michael Rispoli, Ramon Rodriguez, John Benjamin Hickey, Alex Kaluzhsky, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Gary Basaraba, Tonye Patano, Aunjanue Ellis
Length (Minutes): 102
Aspect Ratio; 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director; Scott, Tony
Studio: Sony Pictures