From the beginning of this movie I was hooked. Opening with 99 Problems by Jay-Z, The Taking of Pelham 123 was great. John Travolta in one of his best roles, I think that the fact that he is a scientologist only contributed to his performance, and Denzel Washington was just Denzel Washington. Directed by Tony Scott (Ridley Scott`s brother) who also directed Top Gun, The Last Boy Scout, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire and many more awesome movies, it creates a certain vibrant and exciting atmosphere that stays intense throughout the movie. Fact that it’s taking place in a hijacked train barreling down tracks without stopping, it’s no wonder.
When a trained group of hijackers takes control over a train full of passengers and demands 10 million dollars, the only man who can do something is Denzel Washington, sorry I meant Walter Garber. Negotiating with them he will try to make them abandon their plans. However, these hardened criminals and ruthless professionals will do their best to get their money. I felt this seventies vibe for most of the time, especially with camera-work and general setting of the scenes. It’s like a twisted, alternate universe time travel vibe, where somehow Tony went back to the seventies with today’s knowledge. Considering the fact that this is a reboot of the same movie from 1974, this should not be surprising. Tweaked and hyper-charged, the 2009 version packs a huge punch when it comes to visuals but More importantly, The Taking of Pelham 123 keeps you interested and there is a lot of suspense and tension, along with great performances from all actors it gets a 9 on Rabbit Reviews scale, so enjoy in this awesome flick.
Director: Tony Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Luis Guzmán
Fun Facts: Shipped to theaters under the code name “Watch Your Step”.