With Friday the 13th doing brisk ticket sales and remakes of Escape to Witch Mountain (now with The Rock!) and Last House on the Left (now with more…rape?) due to be swallowed whole by the box office juggernaut that Zack Snyder’s Watchmen promises to be, it was only a matter of time until the next unnecessary rehash got announced.
The Taking of Pelham 123, please stand up for your dubious honor.
When one of the coolest and most original caper flicks of the 70’s gets a reboot, Walter Mathau’s sneering, rumpled transit detective will be played by – Denzel Washington, who else? And for everyone who’s been clamoring for John Travoltas return to action movies, and who hasn’t, you can stop holding your breath – Mr. Saturday Night Fever himself will be reprising Robert Shaw’s smooth, grim and calculating mercenary leader, Mr. Blue.
One bright spot – director Tony Scott has shown that he can do biting cynicism and gallows humor alongside great action – but it’s been a while, and more recently… well, if you’re hoping for anything but a fast paced but ultimately by the numbers terrorist/crime drama, you may want to save a couple bucks and hit the video store instead of the theater.