The Taking of Pelham 123

Wednesday July 22nd 2009

You know sometimes when you’re just really, totally excited to see a particular film? That’s how I felt about The Taking of Pelham 123. I knew it wouldn’t be phenomenal (it’s a Tony Scott film) but I was genuinely enthusiastic about seeing it. I feel the same way about The Informant!, 2012 and even that film Triangle.

It was at Sony which is my favourite screening venue. They always have nice displays at Sony and big stacks of all their latest DVD releases. I’m not quite sure why they’re there but I’m guessing you can’t just take a few home with you, even though I’d like to. They had two displays up that day, one industrial wasteland scenario with a big Terminator in the middle of it, and one Christmas scene with lots of gift ideas for various family members:

They played three songs while I sat in the ‘lounge’ area.

‘Unwritten’ by Natasha Bedingfield
‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)’ by Sandi Thom
‘… Baby One More Time’ by Britney Spears

None of them were in the film itself.

The review
It’s a very energetic film and it’s not at all boring. Sometimes the relentless MTV-ness of it all gets a bit tiring (especially when it does the whole Danny Boyle blurry low frame rate shit) but mostly it’s the sort of movie that lends itself nicely to a Daily Star style review, using phrases like ‘rip roaring’ and ‘thrill ride’. Be warned, it does have one of the most useless, gratuitous subplots in modern cinema.

It’s a nice little performance from Denzel Washington though.

One more thing…