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  • Summary: In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, New York City subway dispatcher, Walter Garber's, day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless aIn The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, New York City subway dispatcher, Walter Garber's, day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there’s one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape? (Sony Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. 88
    It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
  2. A fast and relentless hostage thriller that never stops.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The new Pelham takes the chilling original premise and modifies it for an era steeped in technology, making for an energetic and engrossing adaptation.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    By itself, the new "Pelham" is a solid, suspenseful tale all over again, so long as it stays in the subway tunnels and airless offices of the transit department.
  5. Watching this Pelham--a money job from its conception--you can believe that there's no other motivation on Earth.
  6. An efficiently engineered piece of studio product, enjoyable enough at times, but with an unmistakable assembly-line quality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 57
  2. Negative: 12 out of 57
  1. LoganH
    Nov 3, 2009
    10
    Actors in this movie seem like they were given a lot of freedom in this movie and just have fun. Denzel and Travolta are amazing in this movie.
  2. BobK
    Jun 29, 2009
    9
    I'm surprised this movie got such mediocre reviews. It was good entertainment and well worth the admission. It's been a long time I'm surprised this movie got such mediocre reviews. It was good entertainment and well worth the admission. It's been a long time since I've seen the original - maybe I'll try and rent it. Expand
  3. TomS
    Jun 14, 2009
    8
    All action. Not a boring moment. A lot of fun.
  4. JayH
    Oct 28, 2009
    6
    Although it
  5. Feb 1, 2011
    5
    I'm a fan of the book and '74 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. When I saw it it was a great idea of updating the setting toI'm a fan of the book and '74 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. When I saw it it was a great idea of updating the setting to post-9/11 New York. The acting from Denzel Washington and John Travolta is good and the film is like a ticking clock film. The biggest problem is that while the first 2 acts are strong, the third and final act turns into a cliche action movie with loses all the momentum. If they chose and final act similar to the book and original film it would of been a lot better. Expand
  6. LaszloS
    Nov 9, 2009
    4
    What was the ingenious twist in this movie? That the bad guy is making money on the stock exchange? That the good guy follows the bad guy What was the ingenious twist in this movie? That the bad guy is making money on the stock exchange? That the good guy follows the bad guy after he had a chance to escape. No. It s a disappointment. The story could be done in 15 minutes also. Expand
  7. Robert
    Jun 17, 2009
    1
    The movie was good to start and then fell apart completely. Whoever writes this crap should be arrested for impersonating a writer. Let me The movie was good to start and then fell apart completely. Whoever writes this crap should be arrested for impersonating a writer. Let me ask a question? Would someone just released from prison use his own name and invest millions but never consummate the trade to lock up a profit? And would that person risk his own life instead of hiring thugs to pull off his masterplan for chump change? Would a mild mannered transit worker who rides the trains to and from work suddenly learn how to shoot a gun and drive thru the streets of NY like Evil Knievel? And if a black man ran around the streets of NY waving a gun do you think that somewhere someone may have called a policeman? And if a subway train is roaring out of control on elevated tracks do you think that one of the passengers might dial 911 on their cell to advise that there is no motorman? And there's an open computer the entire time. There were more plot holes in this movie than swiss cheese. After the movie is over you start thinking and nothing makes any sense. Just awful. Expand

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