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Taking Of Pelham 123 Trailer Now Online
First look at Washington vs Travolta

13 February 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Yahoo! Movies

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Heck of a week for getting our first look at Tony Scott’s The Taking Of Pelham 123 – first came the launch of the movie’s poster, and now the trailer for the Denzel Washington/John Travolta thriller has gone live over at Yahoo! Movies.

The remake of Joseph Sargent’s 1974 heist thriller, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, Scott’s modern update sees Washington’s Everyman New York subway controller go head-to-head with Travolta’s psycho criminal, after the latter hijacks a subway train.

The original, which pitted Walter Matthau against Robert Shaw’s cold-blooded Mr. Blue, was an undeniably tense, but playful affair. The remake, apart from one brief exchange between Washington’s character and his wife regarding milk, seems to be a much more intense, serious and, dare we say, dour affair.

It’s very Tony Scott, with jazzy, flashy camerawork and whiplash editing, and clearly it’s on a bigger scale than the original, even if it does appear to adhere to many of the same beats.

But the real star of the show here – yes, even beyond James Gandolfini’s appearance as the Mayor of New York (a prospect that would surely terrify everybody in the city) – is the radio interplay between Washington and Travolta. With Brian Helgeland scripting their exchanges, we’re hoping for something of the calibre of the relationship between John McClane and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Fingers crossed…

Anyway, check it out and let us know what you think.

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First I've heard of this, I'm not a bit suprised - will it have the same suspense as the original NO! More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:38 on 17 February 2009 | Report This Post

Its Tony Scott so i will be going as i enjoy his films even if others dont More

Posted by filmburner30 at 12:23 on 17 February 2009 | Report This Post

This looks good. On a par with Inside man More

Posted by crimebusterofthesea at 19:20 on 14 February 2009 | Report This Post

Daniel Craig should have been cast as in the Travolta, he's tone of the only actors who would have been able to covey the psychotic cool that Shaw did so brilliantly. I love Denzel and I recently saw De-ja Vue, what a pile of shit, he just seems destined to star in some right crap. The original is a real gem and remaking it is stupid but sticking Travolta as the baddie is laziest piece of stereotype casting I've seen in some time. They are not gonna top the original so why bother and howev More

Posted by agent cooper at 19:15 on 14 February 2009 | Report This Post

Haven't seen the original but this one looks like a cool thriller. Plus, It's good to see those two great actors together. Can't wait ! More

Posted by Soona at 17:52 on 14 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Washington & Scott
That trailers amazing.....made me appreciate the original even more in just two and a half minutes! More

Posted by stuieboy at 11:41 on 14 February 2009 | Report This Post

Washington & Scott
Denzel & Tony have worked together a few times now and the out come is always enjoyable. Sure it may not have the grit of the original as most re-makes don't but the film looks like it will be worth the watch! More

Posted by rockafella01 at 10:57 on 14 February 2009 | Report This Post

I'm liking the look of this, as much a classic as the original is this is going to be a different animal.Even if it's not as good as the original this will be an entertaining evening at the cinema. More

Posted by durelius at 22:25 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

L: Gabriel I think it shows potential. It also shows what looks like the ending of the movie but there's potential too. Besides I doubt I'd have gone to see the original had I seen this first: 's a decent trailer by 70's standards - and yes, David Shire's score is as cracking as ever. Hopefully though this probably useless remake will have the side effect of a new, shiny, extras-packed DVD re-release of the original. It definitely deserves More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 18:03 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

You have to be kidding me. They take a film like the original and turn it into this ? This film has no style, no class and no substance. The orignial had tension, great characters, great direction Mattau, Shaw, Balsam and one of the finest film scores ever. This has Tony Scott and Travolta in a beany. Shame,shame,shame,shame..... More

Posted by Happy Shrapnel at 17:58 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Looks good but by I found DeJa Vu slightly empty somehow so hopeefully this will be good. Although like with the traier for Appaloosa, it shows too much sadly so I have a good idea of how it will play out but I could be wrong. More

Posted by Ricorodrigeuz at 17:57 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

nice link - thanks for that - but I disagree with you - I reckon that trailer's better than Scott's - I'd forgotten how good the soundtrack is - that and Shaw's menacing growl would have piqued my interest More

Posted by Dr Science at 17:26 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

I think it shows potential. It also shows what looks like the ending of the movie but there's potential too. Besides I doubt I'd have gone to see the original had I seen this first: More

Posted by Gabriel at 16:59 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yes, quite a spoilerific trailer. Yes, looks run-of-the-mill. No, I'm not interested - in fact, I'm rather angry: most of what made the original so special has been replaced with the usual Tony-Scott-action-tricks. As Otto from A Fish Called Wand would say: disappointed!!! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 16:22 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Reminds me of Phone Booth
I couldn't agree more. The original is a stone cold classic, driven by tension, atmosphere, humour and standout performances.  I see none of that in this trailer. Tony Scott shame on you - you should have more respect for the classics More

Posted by Dr Science at 13:16 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Reminds me of Phone Booth
A little bit of my soul just died watching that. I think I'm going to have to give it a wide berth, as I just love the original too damn much. More

Posted by nutteronabus at 12:40 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Reminds me of Phone Booth
looks all right cept for the fucking milk line?!?! wtf? and im worried it'll do it into just another run of the mill action movie by the end.. More

Posted by richCie at 12:33 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Reminds me of Phone Booth
in some ways...but being a Tony Scott film, I suppose there could some element of surprises like in Déja Vu...but as someone pointed out, the trailer showed a little too much so its possible we may know how it will start, progress and then end....altho the bit about the milk was funny...'you do what u have to do but on your way back we need milk.' classic line already! lol... More

Posted by Noelg25 at 12:01 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Typical Tony Scott. Enjoyable no doubt but rather vacuous. More

Posted by evildave69 at 11:46 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Not that impressed....
I love the original, Walter and Robert were superb. This trailer does worry me, cos I'm sick of Travolta's bad guys, they're always usually overly caricatured and almost cartoony in their villainy. Hopefully Tony Scott reigned him in a bit though, but this trailer certainly looks like its a Travolta we've seen before. If he'd have gone for the cool/calculated Shaw approach, I'd have been more impressed. I think Washington has the charisma to pull off the Walter role though, hopefully. More

Posted by discodave101 at 10:52 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Look good to me
I agree that the trailer reveals what seems to be lots of plot points but it looks good and the dialogue should crackle off the screen. It is about time we had a good Travolta film, he has been treading water for a while now, Denzel is always good value so fingers crossed this will kick ass. More

Posted by ovverbruv at 10:15 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

A Gallon of Milk?
That's a serious calcium habit they've got. More

Posted by jimthefrog at 10:12 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bloody Spoilerific Trailers...
I ] Tony Scott. People may moan about his flash-bang camera trickery and whatnot, but this looks like it's going to be a kick-ass film. More

Posted by UTB at 10:06 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Bloody Spoilerific Trailers...
They're far too common these days. You see far too much in this. Not that I'm blaming Empire here, I just kinda wish I hadn't seen all of that... Over-exposure aside, looks like it could be good. More

Posted by MovieMogul at 09:23 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

Hard to tell...
What set the original apart from other thrillers was the characterisation and the intelligence granted its audience. Walter Matthau has, in my opinion, never bettered his performance and Robert Shaw was a charismatic enigma... plus, one of the best final lines in cinema history. This trailer isn't bad, but it does seem to reveal a whole lot of plot. More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 08:37 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

In this country it'd be Taking of Peckham 123 starring Del Boy and Boyce
Don't remember the original to well, but will swee it again before I see this. I looks okay but I don't see the point of taking a subway train as it's not likely to succeed. There's alot of the 24's going on but replacing talking on mobiles to talking on radios'. I hope most of the film doesn't have them not meeting till the last half hour like many other films of this ilk (Phone Booth, The Negotiator etc) cos there's does seem like some great dialogue going on between the two. More

Posted by Taz69 at 08:18 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

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