Sub-Par Sub Car Drama in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
- Friday, June 12, 2009
The film has its moments, although the outcome is less than original. But what else would we expect in a summer movie season built on remakes and sequels? Pelham is derivative and, in terms of moral content, depressing. Is it exciting? It has its moments. That's the best that can be said for the film.
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- Language/Profanity: Lord's name taken in vain; constant foul language, including multiple uses of the "f" word, start with the opening song and continue through Ryder's final line of dialogue; a female model is referred to by the part of her body she models with; metaphors about dog anatomy.
- Drugs/Alcohol: None.
- Sex/Nudity: A girl takes her top off and dances for her boyfriend, who watches her via a live video stream on his laptop; as a man tries to urinate, a young boy stands beside him and urinates; a man says another man would be his "bi-ch" in prison; blunt threat of anal sex.
- Violence/Crime: Ryder takes hostages and demands a $10 million ransom; people are shot several times at point-blank range; Garber is accused of taking a bribe; vehicle collisions; police shoot suspects multiple times.
- Religion: Ryder wears a cross earring and talks about God with Garber, who initially suspects Ryder is a Catholic because he talked about original sin; Ryder speaks of life and death in fatalistic terms, and says everyone ends up "in the same place"; Ryder says we all owe God a death, and Garber says we owe God life; Garber claims that all the talk of God makes him want to pray, and then that God has spoken to him.
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