The Explosive Review – The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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It’s a normal day in New York City for the cynical Lt. Zachary Garber, an NYC Transit Authority Cop, whose daily routine is disturbed when one of the 6 trains (Pelham 123) is hijacked by a group of armed men led by a British mercenary named Bernard Ryder and his partner Harold Longman whom used to be a motorman. The hijackers demand a ransom of one million dollars which must be delivered under an hour or else they will begin executing passengers. 

After a frantic drive uptown from the financial district, the squad car delivering the ransom money gets into an accident, resulting in the death of two transit workers by the hijackers. More complications arise as Garber attempts to negotiate with and confront the hijackers and get the hostages safely off the train.

Welcome to the world of Pre-“Die Hard” style terrorism. Based on the novel of the same name by John Godey, “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” isn’t so much of a “Die Hard” or “Speed” genre of film but is more or less a suspenseful detective thriller with themes of terrorism and appropriate moments of humor.


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