The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 * Tony Scott (2009)

The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3So we were downtown and got the idea to see a movie. There is nothing playing right now that I really need to see, but a few that I would not mind to watch. Of course the most interesting of them played at inconvenient times when we got the idea so we ended up at an action film for the masses. Fortunately this film is not completely standard. Of course, there is rapid camera work, flashy stop-motion montage, hip music, etc., but the nice thing about this film is that the part that matters are more slow-paced negotiation scenes with nice tension, while almost all of the action goes into details such as the bringing of the money. This does make the elaborate action scenes even more superfluous though and the fact that they are pretty much over the tops adds to this idea. The real firework comes from two great actors: John Travolta (with a great look) and Denzel Washington. I am no fan of the latter, but the man sure can set a part. “The Taking Of Pelham 123” is not boring, nor really bad, but a few scenes are a too much (“Honey, I’m going to die.” “Please bring a gallon of milk on your way home.” “Why not half a gallon?” aargh, or the money bringing scene). No need to rush to the cinemas for this, but should it be on TV in a while and you have nothing better to do, this film could be an option.

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