When successful films are re-made couple of decades later they sometimes work positively due to the fact that the original is taken as a reference material and basis the information they derive out of it the newer version gets released with lots of sheen in comparison to its predecessor. “The Taking of Pelham 123” is a re-make of the 1974 classic wherein the director Tony Scott has made certain discreet changes that makes the movie appealing to the present generation.

The movie is centered around the hijacking of a train named “Pelham 123” for ransom. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) a worker in the train dispatch department is on duty when Pelham 123 makes an unauthorized stop in the middle of the subway. Garber confused at the beginning but once Ryder (John Travolta) comes on the radio taking 17 hostages in custody and demanding a ransom to be delivered within an hour the movie picks up pace.

Ryder who sports the villainous look with tattoos on his body, heads the operation and to compliment his character he spews filthy language with ease. Garber at the same time is pushed into a precarious situation until Detective Camonetti (John Turturro) arrives as chief negotiator. But Ryder agitated by it wants Garber as his negotiator and not anyone else.

Camonetti who with the help of Garber deal with Ryder and once the ransom arrives on scene Garber takes it to the stationed train based on the instructions given by Ryder. Garber once a motorman for a period of 6 years drives the train to a strategic location where the hijackers make good their escape.

Garber frustrated with this decides to take control of the situation and the rest of the movie deals with how Garber confronts Ryder and the possible ending that this movie could have.

Denzel Washington as Garber looks assuring in his role and John Travolta as the villain acts like one straight out of the text books. The other actors look set in their roles but in terms of performance one can hardly detect a stand-out display of acting.

Tony Scott has used certain minute technological advancements to good use in the film especially the scenes where Ryder checks the book value of his stocks amidst the high tension hijack drama and also when one of the passenger telecast the happenings on train via webcam to the NYPD.

“The Taking of Pelham 123” is an intriguing thriller.

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