21 June 2009

The Taking of Pelham 123

Formulaic. Predictable. Hammy. And the perfect movie to watch when it's 94 degrees and humid outside.

The Taking of Pelham 123 really is the perfect summer movie. Big stars, mild-violence action, "drama", and John Travolta as a villain. I love when Travolta gets all hammy and William Shatner-esque as a bad guy. Think Broken Arrow, Face/Off, and Swordfish - classic, campy, hammy John Travolta. The kind of maniacal bad guy who laughs crazily and ends every sentence with MF-er.

Since Tony Scott directed this film, you have to go in ready for a Tony Scott film. It means quick cuts, zooms, and motion sickness. But again - all good.

The movie is good times and Denzel Washington always makes for a sympathetic good guy you have to root for. Totally worth checking out on a hot summer afternoon.

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