Movies involving themes like hijacking needs to be meticulously planned.
Its success depends on the complexity of the sub plots as well as the twists which should be rather difficult to predict. The Taking Of Pelham 123 lacks the beat which is generally anticipated in thrillers.
When four armed men led by a fanatic hijack a New York City subway train, all hell breaks loose. Their demand is simple; ten million dollars needs to be delivered within an hour. Failing the deadline will cause killing of passengers. The mysterious leader behind the hijacking goes with the name Ryder (John Travolta). On the other end, a MTA employee Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) assigned as subway dispatcher is forced to operate as a hostage negotiator when insisted by Ryder. As necessary arrangements are made for delivering the money a chase against time is ensued to save the day from terror.
The plot is simple & predictable. Though started interestingly the later stage fell blunt. Having not seen the original 1974 adaptation it’s somewhat difficult to compare & see which one fared the most. This movie does provide its share of entertainment but its fairly short lived in broad spectrum.