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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

by

Jeff Nelson

Denzel Washington...puts on a brilliant performance...

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
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Robbery and hijacking films have been frequent in the past few years. Many of them are inspired by true stories, but most of them have the same clichés and endings. Fortunately, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 thinks outside the box a bit.

A subway train is highjacked by a man who threatens to kill the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within an hour. One man has to negotiate and try to save every life he can. The entire film takes place in only a little over an hour, so the pressure builds. The writing is good and flows well.

John Travolta is a big name, but isn't the true star of the film. The biggest star is Denzel Washington. He puts on a brilliant performance as the negotiator. Denzel Washington gives his role strong passion and true emotions. His role is relatable and the pressure builds on the audience as it builds on his character.

Surprisingly, visuals aren't the strong point of this film. There aren't a lot of special effects used, but the ones that are used are alright. The camera angles are standard and can be found in just about any action film. The scenes that are shot outside, such as the ending, are beautiful. Although, this is a very small portion of the movie.

Out of all the hijacking and robbery films, this is one of the better ones of the bunch. It's engrossing, entertaining and pulls the audience in. The problems are that some things that are raised in the film are never touched upon again. There are a lot of plot holes and some scenes are unnecessary. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is worth checking out.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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