Tony Scott directs The Taking of Pelham 123, which stars two of Hollywood’s big stars – Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It has a making of a great suspense thriller but the setup to the climax was weak and the plot twist is predictable.

The Taking of Pelham 123 started as an ordinary day for New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber (Denzel Washington). Little did he know that his job title will also include hostage negotiator when Ryder (John Travolta) takes over a train during his shift and holds its passengers hostage until the city pays him $10 million.

As expected, Washington and Travolta delivered stellar performances but The Taking of Pelham 123 still dragged slowly as it progressed to the expected ending. Travolta’s over-acting was balanced by Washington’s subtle performance. It is a character-driven movie but the character development was weak. There’s no tension that can grip the audience and make them sit on the edge of their seats.

Ryder (John Travolta): You’re my goddamn hero.

So how can a subway employee who is being investigated for taking a bribe become a hero in the end? Ryder doesn’t want to go back to jail and he gave Garber no choice but to shoot him. That’s how Garber got his life back. I want to get the time I used to watch this movie back please.

The Taking of Pelham 123 is a letdown with all its flaws and its unrealistic ending. It does have entertaining action scenes but it doesn’t change the fact that the movie sucked. It was just after watching the movie that I found out that it was a remake and there are people telling me that the original is a hundred times better than this one. Now that’s one movie I got to see.

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