Tony Scott has remade the very good 70’s Subway-sploitation flick Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 with actor best friend Denzel Washington. This time around the movie from Columbia Pictures is based more on the John Godey novel, than the Walter Mathieu movie.
Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as the criminal mastermind and leader of a highly-armed gang of four who 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?”
It looks full of action, like a typical Tony Scott movie, but it also looks completely forgettable after a month (unless we’re talking Man on Fire), like a typical Tony Scott movie.
Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. The Taking of Pelham 123 hits theaters on June 12th 2009.