Catholic Movie Review.org: Brisk but gritty thriller that pits a New York subway dispatcher (Denzel Washington) against a psychopath (John Travolta) whose small gang (including Luis Guzman) has hijacked the titular train, taking its passengers hostage. Performances by the leads and supporting cast—James Gandolfini as the mayor and John Turturro as a police negotiator among them—are assured, but director Tony Scott’s adaptation of John Godey’s bestseller, previously filmed in 1974, treats its villain’s Catholic upbringing ambiguously and has interludes of gory violence and relentlessly coarse language throughout. Brief but intense violence, pervasive rough and crude language, occasional use of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L—limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling.
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