Jul 25, 2010

The Taking of Pelham 123 Review

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Premise:
A mysterious man named Ryder (John Travolta) takes a small team of 'terrorists' to perform the heist of the century by holding a NY subway hostage. Ryder keeps things in his court by only negotiating with the subway dispatcher he's initially introduced to when he picks up the cart microphone. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington), sympathetic family man caught in the middle of this mess is hearing his boss scream in one ear, the FBI screaming in the other, and Ryder screaming his demands over everyone. And they've only got one hour to deliver ten million dollars to him in cash.


Standouts:
John Travolta is essentially his same character from Swordfish, but attempting to turn up the volume. There's a needless amount of profanity in the movie. And I'm no prude. I don't have virgin-ears, but a creative writing class that profanity works best when it's used for a reason. There just too much of it so with every **** and ******s and ****, they lost effect. A well placed ************ would have been much more effective. Also the FBI negotiator was the guy who played the bad cop in the movie Transformers (can't vouche for Transformers 2), and that's all I could think of when I saw him because he never did anything to note in this film.


My Highlights:
A whizzing contest between hostages. That's really the best highlight I could think of.


Overall Rating:
2 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 5 1/2 *'s out of 10. It was entertainment, but I walked away with absolutely nothing from it. The main villain's reasons, personality, motive, backstory, and even the hero's made no impact on me. I'm sure it's a movie my dad would like more because he grew up on worse action movies. Or maybe my mom would like it cuz she really likes the actors involved, but overall, I was pretty unimpressed. With just a little tweaking it could have been a better movie.


When You Should See It:
If it's on and you've got the time to spare, feel free to watch it. Or even if you don't have the time to spare but you're incredibly bored, watching only half of it won't really leave you all that empty I'm sure. Essentially, it's not worth the active effort to see but not worth the active effort to avoid.

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