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Money Train Reviews

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July 31, 2017
John Powell (Wesley Snipes) and Charlie Kaylor (Woody Harrelson) work as transit cops patrolling the New York City subway. When a mugging occurs, John and Charlie chase the mugger into a subway tunnel, and all trains traveling in their direction are halted. But their harsh transit captain Donald Patterson (Robert Blake), allows the money train to continue. John and Charlie avoid getting hit by the train; however, when transit police at the next station witness the mugger running toward the money train, they shoot him dead. The mugger is revealed to be a young teenage boy, which triggers a brawl between John, Charlie, and the other transit officers. Patterson blames the two for causing his money train to arrive late. Charlie asks John to borrow $300 to buy a Christmas present, but Charlie instead uses the money to pay off some of his gambling debts to the sleazy night club owner Mr. Brown. Brown intends to have Charlie killed by throwing him off a building, but John bursts in and interrupts, telling Brown that he has the money Charlie owes him. Brown reveals to John that Charlie is $15,000 in debt, so John offers to have the money delivered in a few days. Brown accepts and lets Charlie live. During their night shift, John and Charlie are introduced to Grace Santiago (Jennifer Lopez), a decoy transit officer newly assigned to their unit. Both brothers immediately take a liking to her. During their patrol, a serial killer known as the Torch (Chris Cooper) robs a token booth and sets it on fire. John and Charlie rescue the booth worker and put out the fire, but the Torch manages to escape. At a local bar, Charlie reveals a plan to rob the money train in order to pay off their debts, but John, judging the caper impossible, rejects the idea. Later that night, the two brothers and Grace are assigned to patrol the money train. As Charlie discovers a grate in the floor and a ladder leading to Central Park, a brawl breaks out between John and another officer, quickly involving the entire squad. Patterson again blames the two for the incident and also accuses them of taking some train money, but even after it is found that a collection agent miscounted, Patterson continues to insult them. At the bar, Charlie tells John that the best time to rob the money train would be on New Year's Eve because of looser subway security and because the subway makes the most money on that date: up to $500,000. The plan involves entering the train through the metal grate when the train has stopped, driving it to the maintenance ladder, and escaping into Central Park. John remains reluctant to attempt the theft. Will John be able to stop Charlie´s plans of robbing the money train...?

Brian Lowry of Variety wrote that it "bounces along with a lame script and inconsistent pace". Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "More viscerally charged than Speed and hipper than Die Hard With a Vengeance, the movie is a careening, screeching joyride that showers sparks like fireworks." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Examiner called it "a cut above the usual" buddy cop film due to the stars' chemistry and its well-crafted action scenes. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described it as "a by-the-numbers action-buddy picture" that is "an acceptable if undemanding venture". Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated it D+ and called it "a big, noisy headache of a movie." Hal Hinson of The Washington Post called it a feeble and clichéd buddy film. In addition to its poor reviews, the film was vilified for its portrayal of a man robbing a ticket booth by running a rubber tube around the bulletproof partition and dousing the attendant with an unknown flammable liquid, then threatening to set them on fire. Two days after the film opened, two men poured petrol over a ticket booth on the Brooklyn subway and set it alight in an incident similar to the one depicted in the film. The booth attendant was burned and later died of his injuries. Consequently New York subway workers called for a boycott of the film and the removal of all the posters from every station. Republican senator Bob Dole quickly came out in support of them. Columbia Pictures refused to bow to their demands.

By putting together Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson yet again after their success with "White Men Can't Jump" (1992) I reckon Columbia Pictures thought they would easily have a hit on their hands since there is some sort of chemistry between the two. However, "Money Train" is a pretty standard and average buddy buddy cop film with a quite silly main plot, but with a bit more interesting side plots like the hunt for The Torch played by Chris Cooper. The problem is as well that there´s so many bits and pieces that just makes no sense or are actually believeable and the pacing leaves a lot to wish for. The action formula has its moments, but it´s tiring as well at times. Lopez is just a love interest that causes issues between John and Charlie and the whole setup feels so forced and ridiculous. She hasn´t much to work with. While Robert Blake is as sociopathic as ever in his role. This can stay in the 1 dollar bin.
June 3, 2017
Didn't know what to expect....but what I'm watching isn't it. Not keeping my interest at all..
April 3, 2017
Another Woody & Wesley classic... & Jennifer Lopez was the perfect compliment to the both of them.
½ December 18, 2016
12/18/2016: A really good cast, but just an ok action flick.
½ January 30, 2016
The movie is fun. The brotherhood is fun. The action is thrilling. Jennifer Lopez is looking good. The love triangle is bad. The subway system is not accurate at all compared to real life. The ending however is very satisfying.
July 19, 2015
Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson start to pay off almost immediately with a weird dynamic that they just about pull off by being consistently amusing... and then the film goes a bit weird, it's moral compass starts swinging it's dick about and you realise this isn't a buddy cop movie at all.

It's maybe a heist movie? Or a stock 90s griper on New York big money? Or perhaps it's just a movie about J-Lo getting her boobies out. Who even knows anymore?
April 24, 2015
Just keep mugging for the camera guys.
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2014
Oh my. Why even think about it? It stars Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. How could it be worth seeing?
½ October 21, 2014
The duo from White Men Can't Jump returned for a silly formulatic action movie, with a dumb script. The magic was not there as it was during their first collaboration and I think that took a lot away and fans were expecting more.
½ September 25, 2014
Ok film sort of lost's it's way and the ending was quite good but apart from that it was very entertaining action movie.
September 3, 2014
There were more than a few holes in this plot.
September 2, 2014
Un duo Snipes/Harrelson sympa mais nos deux flics ne sont pas tres futes.
Ce film d'action manque d'action clairement, tout ca est bien trop mou.
Pas le meilleur de Snipes, loin de la.
½ August 1, 2014
All the goodwill Wesley and Woody built up in "White Men Can't Jump" is pissed away in this terrible action/comedy. There not even a real story arch. It's as if they took parts of three different scripts and pieced them together. You know you're in trouble when Jennifer Lopez is the best thing in the movie.
May 23, 2014
Good movie. It kept my attention.
April 15, 2014
Nothing consistence script nor anything !
April 4, 2014
Money Train is average genre fare, with some pretty neat sequences of trains flipping. Other than that, it never strives for anything better.
½ February 24, 2014
Just come across this film and gotta say this is a very underrated film. In the 90's when it came out it didnt get the greatest reception and has gradually got worse since then however in the 80s it would have been hailed as a classic. Snipes and Harrelson are foster brothers who are also transit cops who lose their jobs and try to rob the train. Its funny and action packed...just plainly entertaining which makes me wish we had films like this now with a great regularity
½ December 15, 2013
Another good 90s film staring Wesley Snipes. Two subway cops try to catch crooks who do there crimes underground. Unfortunately the cops on the money train get in there way more that once and the two brothers feel the heat from the Subways Police head man.
Woodley Harrison has a crazy idea of robbing the Money Train after his gambling debts spiral out of control
Super Reviewer
November 23, 2013
the team up promised alot but the story is very boring. the film should of been alot of fun but the writers had these guys very unlikable and one dimensional
October 25, 2013
Interesting dynamic with the brothers bickering, this comes across well as the actors are perfectly matched for this screenplay. Photography is clear and sharp giving a full screen of action and emotion. Script is full of jest and depth giving a solid rounding to the story. Action in the final scenes is exciting considering that it is a train in a tunnel, but not believable. Nibbles: Croissant.
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