The Taking Of Pelham 123

Denzel Washington, John Travolta, remake, directed by Tony Scott. It’s pretty much what you’d expect – in a good way. It’s an efficient, well acted thriller that (I’m told) inevitably ramps up the violence of the original. It’s not profound, deep, or significant in any other way than the fact it’s at the top of the league of Thrillers This Year That Are ‘Just’ Aiming To Entertain (and nothing else).
It’s no worse for that – it’s perfectly good, gripping and entertaining. It’s not going to change any lives, but in the usual summer glut of over-hyped, half-baked money-making machines, this is perfectly fine. When you get the chance, enjoy.

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