• The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

The Taking of Pelham 123

Release Date: June 12th, 2009

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2009

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Chaos reigns in the New York City subway system when heavily armed criminals, led by a mastermind named Ryder (John Travolta), hijack a subway train and threaten to kill everyone on board unless a large ransom is paid. Dispatcher Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) uses his extensive knowledge of the transit system in a bid to outwit the hijackers and save the hostages, but one question remains: even if the hijackers get their money, how can they possibly escape?

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzmán, James Gandolfini, Michael Rispoli, Frank Wood, John Benjamin Hickey

Director: Tony Scott

Genres: Action , Thriller , Crime drama

Production Co: Escape Artists, Scott Free Productions

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Suspenseful , Pursuit , Intense , 2000s , New York City , Murder ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Yet most of the film's energy is generated by flamboyant cinematography and music-video cutting, and much of that energy is false. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Washington offers another of his rock-steady performances, playing a career civil servant with a couple of secrets of his own, but confident, diligent, ready to go the distance for the city he loves. show more

  • 60
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Curiously, despite the ever-energetic Tony Scott at the throttle, the sleek new edition isn't as transporting as it should have been. show more

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