THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 Add To My Top 10

Strongly Redemptive and Heroic, But Marred

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Release Date: June 12, 2009

Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Luis Guzman, and Michael Rispoli

Genre: Crime Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 104 minutes

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Content:

(CC, BBB, LLL, VVV, D, M) Strong Christian worldview with ultimately a very strong moral viewpoint, which include overt references to Catholicism, what God demands out of us and talking to God, with a common Christian man being very heroic and criminals are strongly rebuked; excessive amount of strong foul language (mostly said by bad guys) includes 115 mostly strong obscenities, nine strong profanities, three light profanities, a few obscene gestures, and boy hostage urinates out of subway car; strong action violence with some very strong pointblank shootings with some blood includes transit cop shot to death, subway conductor shot to death, hostage shot to death, robber accidentally shot through head, gun battle with police, and another man shot dead; no sex scenes but young man talks with girlfriend over Interview video and she seems to be wearing skimpy pajamas; no nudity; no alcohol; smoking; and, lying, revenge rebuked, kidnapping rebuked, people held for ransom.

Summary:

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 stars Denzel Washington as Walter Garber, a New York City subway dispatcher who must redeem himself by taking on a foul-mouthed criminal mastermind who is holding about 17 subway passengers for 10 million dollars ransom. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 is an excellent, suspenseful thriller with a strong Christian, redemptive worldview, but it is marred by a whole lot of strong foul language and some intense, very strong depicted violence where people are shot multiple times.

Review:

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 is not a great movie, but it is an excellent, suspenseful thriller with a strong Christian worldview. Regrettably, however, its positive qualities are diminished by a whole lot of strong foul language and some really intense, very strong violence.

Based on a 1974 movie starring Walter Matthau, adapted from a novel by the same name, this remake stars Denzel Washington as Walter Garber, a New York City subway dispatcher, temporarily demoted pending a bribery investigation. John Travolta plays a criminal mastermind named Ryder, who has hijacked a subway car with 17 or so passengers aboard it. Ryder only wants to talk to Walter about the ransom. He wants the mayor to send him $10 million in cash in one hour, or he will start killing one hostage every minute past the deadline. Tensions mount as the deadline approaches.

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 is a very effective thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Washington and Travolta deliver excellent performances. Best of all, the movie has a strong, heroic Christian worldview that promotes the idea that every one of us owe God our lives. Regrettably, this redemptive theme is spoiled by lots of strong foul language. Most of this comes from by Travolta and his criminal cohorts, but there is also some strong foul language by some city officials and some policemen. Also, there are several intense scenes of very strong depicted violence where people are shot multiple times. The R-rated foul language will really hurt the box office and home video numbers for this new version of THE TAKING OPF PELHAM 1 2 3.

Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution to all viewers, but especially to media-wise, discerning viewers.

In Brief:

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 stars Denzel Washington as Walter Garber, a New York City subway dispatcher, temporarily demoted pending a bribery investigation. John Travolta plays a foul-mouthed criminal mastermind named Ryder, who has hijacked a subway car with 17 or so passengers on board. Ryder only wants to talk to Walter about the ransom. He wants the mayor to send him 10 million dollars in cash in one hour, or he will start killing one hostage every minute past the deadline. Tensions mount as the deadline approaches.

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 is a very effective thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Washington and Travolta deliver excellent performances. Best of all, the movie has a strong, heroic Christian worldview that promotes the idea that every one of us owe God our lives. This Christian theme comes from the dramatic conversations that occur between Washington and Travolta. Regrettably, this redemptive theme is spoiled by lots of strong foul language, coming mostly from the criminal mastermind and his cohorts. Also, there are several intense scenes of depicted violence where people are shot multiple times. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.