“Predictably ratcheted up a few notches from the original 1974 film and cloaked in contemporary sociological relevance, Tony Scott‘s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is an efficiently reworked version of a tense, ticking-clock suspense story. More than anything a fascinating portrait of how much New York has changed in 35 years, the film delivers the goods in excitement and big-star charisma, with the contrasting low-key and cranked-up acting styles of Denzel Washington and John Travolta playing off one another nicely. Comparatively low-tech thriller looks to hijack solid-to-strong returns.” — from Todd McCarthy‘s 6.4 Variety review.

6.4.09, 8:50 pm.