John Travolta needs another Vincent Vega – another unusual role in a big film to revive his career. Will this be it?
Playing criminal mastermind to Denzel Washington’s average joe, Travolta is perhaps taking a leaf out of his co-star’s book – Washington won an Oscar in 2002 by playing against type as Training Day’s villain. At any rate, the latter has a lot less riding on this film. His career is carefully planned, balancing meaty roles with popcorn movies, in which he obviously enjoys working with Tony Scott – this is their 4th film together.
The movie itself is a remake with a simple story: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day’s work for dispatcher Walter Garbe into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime. It should prove to be solid entertainment, though Travolta might be disappointed if it’s nothing more.
Previews on 21 July at
Ashton Under Lyne
Boldon Tyne & Wear
Glasgow Renfrew Street
West India Quay