The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3


The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
This week's second remake is of an even older movie. Basically, a group of baddies hijack an underground train, ditch all the cars except one, and park it in a tunnel. They then demand ten million dollars within an hour, or they will start executing the hostages, one per minute, until the money is paid. A traffic controller is tasked with being the go-between the police and the hijackers, and as the tick clicks down, the tension and body count starts rising.

104 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence).
Crime, Drama, Thriller.
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Credits

Cast
Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luiz Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Michael Rispoli, Ramon Rodriguez
Director
Tony Scott
ScreenplayBrian Helgeland, from the novel by John Godey
MusicHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
EditingChris Lebenzon
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2009
Produced byColumbia Pictures, MGM, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions, Escape Artists

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreAction, thriller
LanguageStrong, pervasive language, strong impact
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceStrong physical and psychological violence.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
2
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
4
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer quote iconHang onto your seat for action-packed remake
15
Die Burger
Mariana Malan quote iconOnoorspronlike aanslag
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
13
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconFor all of the resemblance that The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 bears to its 1974 namesake about the hijacking of a NYC subway car by money-mad kidnappers, it might as well be a remake of Throw Momma from the Train.
5
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconIt's a first-class ride. All aboard.
18
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconScott's obviously knowledgeable and comfortable with his modus operandi, but that very style is what ultimately derails this thriller. And that might just be the biggest crime of all. Okay for a while but ultimately jumping the tracks in act three.
8
Metacritic.com
34 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
200 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconDespite 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.
10

What the People say

Internet
9316 Netizens quote iconDenzel Washington does it again
14

Average .. 55%

11

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