Tuesday, August 23, 2016
THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)
1974 was the high point for Hollywood and American cinema in general and here's another reason why. The greatest heist film ever made. Gritty, realistic with just a couple of humorous touches thrown in here and there. Every actor here is amazing and the story works perfectly. It's really amazing that shooting was allowed in the subway with cooperation from New York City for a story like this but I obviously things were much different back then.
I first sought out this movie in the 90s thanks to Quentin Tarantino ripping it off/homaging it by using the color-coded names thing for RESERVOIR DOGS. It blew me away back then and it's only become more of a favorite upon repeat viewings. There was a remake for some reason in 2009 but it looks like a great big pile of shit like just about everything else made in the 2000s so I will not be viewing that ever. Stick with the originals!