Movie Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)


My Rating: 3Stars

This afternoon I saw the movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 at AMC Theater, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

Denzel Washington gave a great performance. This time he played a more humble character compared to the roles in has past movies like: Deja Vu, The Bone Collector, Crimson Tide, etc. On the other hand John Travolta played the bad guy character we come to love and expect, as he had done so well in Face Off and Broken Arrow. I always use the measurements of whether the actor made me hate the antagonist character to judge whether the performance was good.

The plot might have been regular but they added a touch of modern relevance to make it a bit more interesting. Although it was simple enough that audiences who had read the book or saw the 1974 version may find the movie boring. The stunts and special effects were borderline believable and made the movie that much more interesting. I wish they had add the twist that whole audience expect. I will not say any more to avoid spoiling the movie for any readers who had not seen it.

For fans of Washington and/or Travolta this is another must see.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

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