"The Taking of Pelham..." was not my first choice movie, but my college roommate Jane wanted to see it and in this time of summer, when the choices are few for folks older than sixteen, I agreed. Generally I don't see scary movies, and the first half hour of this one really scared me. I stuck it out and liked it. Great shots of New York City and as someone who loves mass transit, I found the train scenes fascinating.
But my most compelling thought was that it was great to see the lead, a middle-aged civil servant depicted as handsome and smart. I'm coming up to my 21st anniversary in government this week and I've met a lot of civil servants along the way. Some of the brightest and hardest working people I know work in government. Some of our colleagues are less bright and less hard working, but I don't think that's unique to government. I like seeing the media depict folks who are 40+ as intelligent and attractive, and in this movie Denzel is both. It's a rare moment when I write a thank you note to Hollywood, but this is one.
Wishes for a great week!