The idea of updating the original to embrace current technology makes sense. Alas, we see very little of this. Furthermore, the narrative changes in the remake destroy virtually everything that was good about the orginal.
The varied and interesting supporting characters from the original are more or less written out. This is essentially just about Ryder and Garber. Neither is recognisable from their original forms. The original Ryder was calm, intelligent, confident. This Ryder is a panicky, foul-mouthed, yob.
The original Garber was a hard-bitten MTA cop. This Garber is a sensitive, once high-flying MTA exec, busted down to controller status after the discovery of a bribe.
As if the hijacking were not enough, there is a credibility-defying financial markets twist on this. Ryder has bet large that the gold price will rise in response to the incident. His bet pays off: the original $2 million becomes $305 million.
The conclusion is turned into almost farcical melodrama, with the delicate and sensitive Garber performing Mission Impossible-type stunts to catch up with Ryder.
If you haven't seen the original, go to that, rather than this fiasco. If you have seen the original and are interested in seeing how the remake compares, be prepared for considerable disappointment.