This movie is a souped-up, enhanced version of the1974 movie of the same name, which starred Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Walter Matthau, Hector Elizondo, and many other fine actors. There are a number differences between the two movies, particularly regarding the characters and some plot details, but no matter.
Like its predecessor, The Taking of Pelham 123 is clever, fast paced, and exciting. The plot revolves around four gunmen who have hijacked a New York City subway car, and are holding its passengers for ransom. As the police struggle to figure out who the hijackers are, the clock is ticking away on the one hour time limit for the ransom.
John Travolta is convincing as the ring leader for the hijackers. Denzel Washington plays a seemingly ordinary subway dispatcher, who is anything but. James Gandolfini does a good job playing the Mayor of New York.
If you live in New York, you may notice that there are a number of goofs in the movie, but no more so than most movies. This is fun movie with a satisfying ending. I really enjoyed, hope you do too!