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When Ryder (John Travolta) and his gang hijack a New York subway train and demand a ransom for their hostage, they don’t realize that the dispatcher on duty (Denzel Washington) will prove to be a challenge. Another Tony Scott/Washington collaboration that is also a remake of a 1974 thriller. As always a solid performance from Washington as the demoted official who gets a chance to both confess his sins and redeem himself. Scott expertly uses actual subway locations in New York and the story introduces a few new ingredients to separate it from the novel and the first movie. Some of his visual touches are borderline annoying… but he sure knows how to get the adrenaline pumping in the last half-hour.

2009-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Tony Scott. Novel: John Godey. Cast: Denzel Washington (Walter Garber), John Travolta (Ryder), James Gandolfini (The Mayor), John Turturro, Luis Guzmán, Michael Rispoli.

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