Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
As I write this an updated version of the film, starring Denzel Washington, is about to be released in theaters. And I can't help but wonder why. And I can't help but think that if I were a big-time movie director, like Tony Scott, I could find a better project than a remake (that's already been crappily remade for TV with Edward James Olmos!) where John Travolta hijacks a subway car. But the original is a decent film and it's what Quentin Tarantino borrowed the color code-names thing from for Reservoir Dogs. Walter Matthau plays a memorable transit detective but the rest of the characters, made-up of psychotic bad guys and a cross-section of citizens of New York, are ultimately forgettable. In case you were wondering, 1:23 is the time that the train leaves Pelham (Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx) which gives it its temporary designation. Anyway, Mr. Scott, after you're done ruining The Warriors for us, why don't you try something completely different for a change?