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The Taking of Pelham 123
(2009)
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Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
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Sony/Colpix Music
(June 9th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... only if the most generic techno-thriller scores of the 2000's still manage to tickle your fancy, because this entry is dull even by the standards of Harry Gregson-Williams' normally predictable genre contributions.

Avoid it... if tired sample manipulations, basic string lines, electric guitar explosions, and token thematic development on piano at the end literally give you too much Deja Vu to handle.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,712
WRITTEN 2/5/11
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The Taking of Pelham 123: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Chalk up another remake in the "Was It Necessary?" column, an adequate but ultimately useless modernization of a previously well-executed concept. The 1974 cinematic adaptation of the same novel has remained well respected through the years, a lingering relic of 1970's saturation in its cultural aspects but a solid thriller about the hijacking of a New York subway car. When director/producer Tony Scott decided to resurrect the concept in the late 2000's, several elements in the plot needed to be updated to account for changes in technology, terrorism readiness, and fiscal considerations. Denzel Washington and John Travolta face off in the 2009 version of The Taking of Pelham 123, the basic plot elements staying the same but the revisions not interesting enough to really breathe new life into the framework. For fans of the Scott and Washington collaborations through the years, this entry brings relatively little new to the table, the acting performances predictable, the direction lacking style, and the original score predictably mundane. With soft box office results and eventual worldwide take likely considered disappointing by the studio, The Taking of Pelham 123 has quickly become a footnote for most of those involved. That statement applies especially to composer Harry Gregson-Williams, who continued his partnership with Scott for the occasion. Starting with Enemy of the State in 1998, Gregson-Williams has produced sufficient but, with a few exceptions, never really notable music for Scott's films, using each assignment to continue development of (or simply repeat) ideas established in the thrillers of the late 1990's by him and other current and former associates of the Hans Zimmer machine. Scott, like Jerry Bruckheimer, certainly seems to have a certain sound that he wants to hear in these pictures, and Gregson-Williams spent most of the 2000's yielding that result while on auto-pilot in those assignments. While there were moments of flair and deeper resonance (not to mention ensemble highlights) in Spy Game, the tone of everything from Man on Fire to Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 123 has been remarkably uninteresting in its continuation of essentially the same generic thriller sound. Some of those tendencies informed 2010's Unstoppable as well, but at least that score had a better developed set of character themes to enhance the interaction between the leads in that story. By comparison, the previous year's The Taking of Pelham 123 is a boring and tedious exercise in disappointingly basic propulsion.



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Total Time: 45:12
• 1. Something on the Track (4:36)
• 2. It's Me, Man! (4:09)
• 3. Rigged Contracts (3:44)
• 4. An Ass Model Named Lavitka (6:25)
• 5. Money Run (1:04)
• 6. Garber Meets Ryder (3:06)
• 7. All Others Pay Cash (5:37)
• 8. The Train Leaves the Station (3:51)
• 9. The Lights Are All Green! (5:14)
• 10. Manhattan Bridge (5:06)
• 11. "...You a Yankee's Fan?" (1:59)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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