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This week's reviewed movie is:
The Taking of Pelham 123




Gene the Barber

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Gordie the Barber


The Taking of Pelham 123 is an exciting crime thriller that moves at a very fast pace. It's about a N.Y. subway car taken hostage.

John Travolta plays the cool bad guy and Denzel Washington is the straight man as a dispatcher, negotiating with Travolta's subway hijacker.

This film worked well for me thanks to the good acting and good directing.

Everything in between just fell into place, making for the most entertaining movie I've seen in a long while.

You should be on the edge of your seat with sweatty palms throughout.

Movies these days -- if you can't wow them with special effects, then confuse them with quick-cut action sequenses -- that way they have to see it twice!

As remakes go, this one is pretty bad.

It has cartoon villians, cheesy dialog, and a car chase.

Plus, it was done right the first time.

Travolta mugs, swears, and does everything but twirl his moustache to convince us he is evil, while Denzel practically walks through his performance wondering what happened to his carreer.


The Taking of Pelham 123 is a good remake of the 1974 mass transit classic.

This new movie stays accurate to the mood of the original source, while offering a fresh look on the material.

The story concentrates on a evil mastermind who decides to hijack a subway train and rob the city of New York for $10 million in ransom.

The transit control center's dispatcher on duty gets the job of coming face-to-face with the bad guy in the end.

This is a psychological thriller that turns into an action film.

The production is gripping and forceful, with two big stars showing off their acting skills (John Travolta and Denzel Washington).

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