Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)


The way that most shady movie foreigners decide to hijack planes and banks and such, marvelous enunciator Robert Shaw and his uneducated crew take control of a subway train and demand $1m of the NYC mayor in exactly one hour. Walter Matthau is stuck negotiating between them. The nerve-wracking tension is flavoured with satirical jabs that at times come off a tad glib given the circumstances. But the plot is addictive.

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