Very soon another remake will hit the cinema screens. This time it will be a retread of Joseph Sargent's THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE from 1974. In THE FUTURIST!"s opinion, this thriller (along with Midnight Cowboy and Dog Day Afternoon) is one of the best "New York movies" he has ever seen. Every scene is realistic and gritty. The filmmakers make the New York City of 1974 come to life; the cars, the clothes, the buildings, the litter and even the smells of the streets and subway seem to waft from the screen. The film's well written and intense script, adapted from John Godey's novel, is a spellbinding, edge of your seat roller coaster ride about the hijacking of a subway car by a band of criminals seeking ransom. It is delivered to you with perfection from a cast of great actors. The remake gives us Denzel Washington and John Travolta, but the original gave us Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Jerry Stiller. Each of those actors don't look like movie stars ... their faces radiate everyday wear and tear and each seems to live their part as actual denizens of the Big Apple. Oh, and that perfect ending of cinema perfection! THE FUTURIST! always cites this film as having a brilliantly constructed and accomplished conclusion; an ending that does only what the movies can do ... say so much and provide so much satisfaction with sounds and just a facial expression.
Who knows what this remake will be like? The commercials make it appear jaggedly edited and full of rap music. Oh, my.
This Saturday, THE FUTURIST! presents to you the opening credits to the original 1974 film with a wonderful aggressive soundtrack by David Shire. The theme from this film has a tone of menace and danger ... just like 70s New York. You will hear sounds provided by brass that make you feel you are caught in midtown traffic ... bleats and bursts that sound like angry cars ... congestion and stress. A mix of sounds that prepare you for what you are about to see and experience. THE FUTURIST! urges you to see the original film. It can't get any better.
from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
written by David Shire