I could have interpreted in many ways but I took it literally and went the subway route...nyuck, nyuck. I missed last week because I had Nadda but I am back on track and am writing here and my A to Z challenge which is also about movies. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to find out how the others interpreted this week’s theme. Here are my 3...
1. THE INCIDENT-1967
This is quite an engaging thriller which speaks about people’s characters and that not much has changed in 51 years. You have a couple with a young child, an older couple, a young man who is homosexual, a couple of soldiers, an African American couple and so on, who all board a subway unbeknownst that 2 hooligans will board a train and cause much havoc and fear. You watch dumbfounded yet riveted by the action and, all I can say, is the ending makes you just shake your head considering the police of today.
2. SHORT WALK TO DAYLIGHT-1972
I couldn’t remember the title of this TV movie and had to search for it for an hour because I haven’t seen it since the 1970’s. I really want to see this again because I found it scary since it takes place underground after, I think, an earthquake but I seem to recall a bomb also. James Brolin heads the cast of people on a subway car that must find a way out. I remember being freaked out by the people trying to stay away from one rail or they would be electrocuted. It was tense and well done from what I can remember.
3. TAKING OF PELHAM, ONE, TWO, THREE-1974
Screw the remake even if Denzel Washington stars in it because it is not as well done as the original. This film is very tense with the great Robert Shaw as the non emotional head of a robbery gang who take hostages on a subway demanding money. Walter Matthau plays a Transit Authority Policeman who talks to Shaw hoping to keep the hostages alive. I love this film because it’s gritty, dirty and the people are not beautiful but average. The hostage takers are not young thugs but middle aged men. A great film worth seeing and the music is excellent in creating tension.
What underground films would you choose?