The Taking of Pelham 123
starring John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Luis Gusmán, John Turturro and James Gandolfini
written by Brian Helgeland
directed by Tony Scott
Based on the novel by John Godey, this is a re-make of the 1974 movie directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Walter Mathau and Robert Shaw. I re-watched the original before watching this one. The original is a little old, but it still stands up pretty well, and this re-make is no improvement at all. Thieves highjack a New York City subway car and hold the passengers hostage for ransom inside a subway tunnel. Being inside a tunnel seems to put them in a trap, but they have a cool escape planned. New Yorklooks a little cleaner than it did in the 1970’s, which quite possibly is accurate. I like John Travolta. I think that since the death of David Carradine Travolta is the uncontested coolest man alive. But he injects too much over-the-top mental weirdness into his character, originally played by Robert Shaw with greater sinister malice.