This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?
This week there are four movies premiering - two thrillers, a comedy, and a drama. We have "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," "Moon," "Imagine That," and "Tetro."
In this remake of the 1974 film, "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" a New York City subway dispatcher named Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) has his ordinary day thrown into disorder by the capture of a subway train. Ryder (John Travolta), the evil mastermind behind the hijacking, threatens to kill the train's passengers unless he is paid a sizable ransom in one hour.
As the turmoil builds on train, Garber uses his supreme understanding of the subway system to outsmart Ryder and save the hostages. The one thing Garber can't figure out though is how the thieves plan to escape even if they get the money.
After working together previously on 2006's "Deja Vu" and 2004's "Man on Fire," director Tony Scott and actor Denzel Washington reunite for "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." Another collaborator on "Man on Fire," writer Brian Helgeland returns to pen the screenplay for "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3."
SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. Without fail, Tony Scott has a formula that entertains me every time. My love for his work goes back a long way, to several films of 80s and early 90s like "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder," "True Romance," and the highly underrated "The Last Boy Scout." I thoroughly enjoyed Scott and Denzel Washington's last collaboration "Déjà Vu," so I'm hoping they will deliver again. Say what you want about some of John Travolta's acting choices over the last couple of years, but I think he plays a fantastic villain.
Astronaut Sam Bell lives alone on the far side of the moon, working on a three year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy: Helium-3. Only able to send and receive taped messages, his sole companion is his computer "GERTY."
Two weeks before his departure, Sam starts seeing and hearing strange things. When a routine extraction goes wrong, he learns that Lunar has a plan to replace him, and the new recruit is uncannily familiar. Sam is forced to confront the knowledge that the life he has made for himself, may not belong to him.
Duncan Jones makes his big screen directorial debut with "Moon." Jones came up the story, while fellow newcomer Nathan Parker wrote the screenplay. The cast of the film is remarkably sparse, with Sam Rockwell playing astronaut Sam Bell, and Kevin Spacey voicing the computer "GERTY."
SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. The film is a limited release, but its trailer makes it appear visually stunning, showing the moon's quiet beauty in the vast silence of space. I'm curious to see themes of isolation and interaction between man and machine play out over the course of this sci-fi thriller. I want to know the significance of Sam Rockwell's character finding what appears to be his clone. It should be interesting to see if he is just going mad from being alone or if there are greater forces at work.
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