So there's this movie, see, called "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," and, yeah, it's a more-or-less remake of that 1974 subway-hijacking hit with an awesome A-minus cast (Walter Matthau and Jerry Stiller as New York cops! Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo as thugs!). This time around the cast has been upgraded, at least theoretically, and it only seems like there have already been a dozen movies where Denzel Washington plays the morally compromised but fundamentally decent authority figure and John Travolta has odd facial hair and plays a creep. There actually haven't.
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