Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
MPAA Rating: R for violence and pervasive language.
A New York City subway dispatcher draws on his extensive knowledge of the subway system in order to outsmart a dangerous criminal mastermind who's hijacked a subway train. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) was moving through his daily routine when he received word that a heavily armed gang of four has hijacked a subway train and are holding all of the passengers hostage. Led by cunning master thief Ryder (John Travolta), the gunmen will begin killing everyone aboard should the authorities fail in delivering $10 million in one hour. With the tension in the tunnels rising, Walter races to save the hostages before the shootings start. Overall, this was a huge surprise. The reviews for the film weren't great but boy, did the critics get it wrong this time. It was an exhilarating thrill that literally kept me on the very edge of my squeaky theatre chair. It was a masterpiece that put Travolta back on the radar as one of Hollywood's greatest villains. If it were up to me, I would have had him nominated for an Oscar in the category of "Best Actor". This is a MUST-SEE! 3 and a half out of 4 stars.