A cold murderous high jacker with three associates, takes a train and holds it and its passengers hostage, killing one at a time to obtain a large ransom. Were also in for a pretty exciting ride as Tony Scott swings his camera around New York city streets and underground subway tunnels. It’s a straightforward tradesman like version without the wit, irony, pathos and dulcet tones of Wally Matthau Certainly worth watching if you love the 74 version so you can do a ‘compare and contrast’. I understand everyone enjoys different things and some liked that it differed, however, I am one of those who like a book and movie to be the same or similar so I can compare. Hence Walter Matthau’s character as a Transit Cop would not have existed any longer. There’s just something about movies made for TV and especially in that time period. With the one exception of an emotional relationship established by highjacker “Brown” Tara Rosling and her ‘angel of mercy’ female conductor “Babs Cardoza” Babs Cardoza , all other subplots among the hijackers and characters were not developed. I guess they needed a New York accent, so they threw in Lorraine Bracco.
Instead, he thrives on being the center of attention, rather than letting the story and characters unfold on screen. Seeing Donofrio and Olmos makes me wish for Matthau and Shaw. Keeping up with the times this remake of The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three had to change certain things and deliberately changed others. There is a great scene where Ryder puts Walter on trial for the bribe and it leads you to think that these two are going to butt heads in dialogue-driven scenes all day long, exposing each other for who they really are. I was weened on Godey’s book when 8, and saw the original film when it was released a few years later. Sign in to vote. It’s a straightforward tradesman like version without the wit, irony, pathos and dulcet tones of Wally Matthau Certainly worth watching if you love the 74 version so you can do a ‘compare and contrast’.
John Tuturro and James Gandolfini are the only others with much to say. Well this remake has even more things that make it bad. It’s roles like these that separate Washington from people like, say, Tom Cruise, guys who can play really only s;anish character, the Man Who Knows Everything.
I was weened on Godey’s book when 8, and saw the original film when it was released a few years later. I thought that, because it was a remake by an explosion-happy director Tony Scott and starred ultraham John Travolta, it couldn’t possibly be all takkng interesting. I hope this movie gets “shelved” forever. I saw him as a serious actor, in the original of this one and in “Kill Charlie Varrick” long before today’s kids saw him as a “Grumpy Old Man” actor.
Most of the time she seems perfectly rational. You have one woman having one, strangely short-term panic attack. And Tony Scott, despite using cliches like counting down the clock and going into slow-motion, keeps the movie gritty and fast-paced.
On his shift, naturally, a 1: Why they keep remaking classics I have no idea, because there’s no chance they’ll improve on the original. With the one exception of an emotional relationship established by highjacker “Brown” Tara Rosling and her ‘angel of mercy’ female conductor “Babs Cardoza” Babs Cardozaall other subplots among the hijackers and characters were not developed.
There was absolutely no chemistry between the characters. Travolta, sporting a menacing goatee and tattoo, is at his over-the-top, f-bomb-dropping, lunatic best and Washington is his level-headed, average-guy adversary.
Since when does a car collision send one of the vehicles soaring and somersaulting? You’d really have to watch the movie to see the difference. The ’09 version is entertaining, with some excellent action scenes and more than a few decent dialog exchanges between characters, but it is nothing more than a Tony Scott action movie dressed up as “The Taking of Pelham “.
In the original, NYC shots were gritty and real Vincent d’Onofrios, stepping into Robert Shaw’s “Mr.
What a tedious load of drivel this is. Seeing Donofrio and Olmos makes me wish for Matthau and Shaw. Since it was shot in Toronto, the streets of New York where a lot of the excitement above ground as the City tries to meet the hijackers deadline is missing from this version.
I felt no tension, no “edge of the seat” sensation that the original brought, I found myself disliking most of the characters and really not caring what happened to them.
Both feature no important characters and situations that are manipulated. Instead, he thrives on being the center of attention, rather than letting the story and characters unfold on screen. Cape Fear for instance While this certainly wasn’t a waste of my time, and was in spannish an entertaining evening of television, if given the choice, just watch the original.
Remarkably, there were three other hijackers in the movie. Hence Walter Matthau’s character as a Transit Cop would not have existed any longer.
But as one other observer observed, the lacks After seeing the new movieI did enjoy it and loved the acting, especially John Travolta, but somehow, I ths a little disappointed it didn’t follow the storyline of the TV-movie, which I understand is very close to the orig movie And, frankly, the dated soundtrack just irks me; Copeland’s fits better. Almost as if the director was saying “OK, guys, freeze spanizh five more seconds” in almost every scene.
I don’t know why Scott even bothered including them. Though some cite Matthau’s occasional humor as a plus, for me it detracted from the grimness; it throws the story off balance except for providing a context for the final freeze-frame.
Oh well, I guess it would not have been practical with only one hijacker The soundtrack was, IMHO pure garbage. What makes this a little more than your typical cat-and-mouse game is the undercurrent of what’s gotten Washington character into hot water, as well as Travolta’s character’s actual motives.
You’ll have to go judge for yourselves. It’s like “meh” in the TV movie. Car crashes and shoot-outs take place, the car crashes coming within a sloppy scene where the police travel by motorcade to deliver the money and the shoot-out starting from a rat crawling up a guy’s leg of all things. Language Set favourite s Login. Grey” character, played to perfection in the original by Hector Elizondo, was reduced to an angry, almost juvenile person by Donnie Takibg.
To begin with, I have to say that i have not seen the original and i have not read the book.
I don’t think this remake was too bad, provided you regard it as a straightforward hostage film. Poor Brooklynite Lorraine Bracco is reduced to a supporting role formerly played by Jerry Stiller that does not make use of her endless talents.
Essentially, Washington was good enough to counterbalance Travolta’s overacting. The cast is the best thing about this, with solid bad guy turns from the likes of the reliable Vincent D’Onofrio, Donnie Wahlberg, and Richard Schiff, while Edward James Olmos is equally tough as the transit cop. I’d never seen the original. The rest is all action. The overall feeling is choppy and suspenseless. I understand everyone enjoys different things and some liked that it differed, however, I am one of those who like a book and movie to be the same or similar so I can compare.
While starting off liking Washington’s character now disgraced MTA administrator-turned dispatcher Walter Garber, as opposed to Detective Zachary Garber in the book and original screen incarnationI found, as the movie progressed, that he went from believable to just another two-dimensional action movie hero who, if he was what as he really started out as being, would not have ended up doing what he did in the film. All- in- all, I was not happy with the TV movie. Greetings again from the darkness.