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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, more...
Director: Tony Scott
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Running Time: 121 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

Synopsis
A New York City subway dispatcher draws on his extensive knowledge of the subway system in order to outsmart a dangerous criminal mastermind who's hijacked a subway train in this remake of the 1974 thriller inspired by John Godey's best-selling book. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is drifting through his daily routine when he receives word that a heavily armed gang of four has hijacked a subway train and is holding all of the passengers hostage. Led by cunning master thief Ryder (John Travolta), the gunmen will begin executing everyone aboard should the authorities fail in delivering ten million dollars in the space of just one hour. With the tension in the tunnels rising, Walter races to save the hostages before the shootings start. But through it all, there's one part of Ryder's plan that Walter can't quite comprehend: even if the thieves do succeed in getting their money, how could they possibly get out of the tunnels undetected?






Released three months apart, Death Wish and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 are twinned images of the subway as a microcosm of 1974 New York City: Death Wish the urban hell variant, Pelham a dystopian playground. Both focus on people with guns infesting the transport system and start a general acceptance of the city being as violent and out-of-control as could be. Read on as Vadim Rizov examines these New York subway films and their successors. Full article >>



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