The Remaking Of Pelham 123

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

pelham123 The Remaking Of Pelham 123Remakes are everywhere these days and it looks like we’ll be seeing many more over the coming years. The Taking of Pelham 123 is a remake of a 1974 Walter Matthau/Robert Shaw thriller where a subway train is hijacked and the occupants are held for ransom. The gimmick? The criminals are all named after colors: Brown, Grey, Blue etc. Mattahu’s everyman must battle the criminals and try to save the hostages.

As the original plot has been pillaged in everything from Die Hard to Reservoir Dogs it was pretty obvious that a remake would appear later down the line (pun intended). Now Denzel Washington and John Travolta will face off in the remake being helmed by Top Gun pilot Tony Scott.

So how does it look?

Not too bad actually.


I’m the first to say that I hate remakes, but the pedigree behind the film is worthwhile. Director Tony Scott is a man who knows how to direct action and thrills and his team-ups with Denzel Washington have all been good – Crimson Tide, Man On Fire and Déjà Vu. Throw Travolta (sans toupees) into the mix as the villain and Pelham suddenly has a curiosity factor at the very least. There is also able support from the likes of James Gandolfini, John Turturro and the always reliable Luis Guzman so there are no worries about bad acting.

While The Taking of Pelham 123 may not bring a whole lot new to the hostage-thriller genre it does look like it will be a fun, old fashioned action film when it opens on June 12th, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Source: Catch The Train

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  1. i have to say the trailers does raise an eye brow…

  2. I do think this will be a decent movie, but I don’t think for a second it will have any of the coarse charm of the original.
    Also loved the theme music.

  3. I thought it was pretty good but I couldnt believe it had this scene in the trailer:
    Wife: “You do what you have to do,but you bring me home a Gallon of MILK!
    Denzel: “I will bring you a Half gallon .
    I can get a Half Gallon.”

  4. @Gary

    I had the exact same reaction. What the hell was that? A wife too tough to tell her husband she’s worried about him? Sheesh.


  5. Man – it’s all about the sassy wife!

    I know that when I’m negotiating with terrorists (outside of my day job) my Mrs always cares about the milk.

    Got milk.


  6. I can get a half gallon….i’ll get a half a gallon…

    denzel is just too cheap for a full gallon, geez.