Release Year: 1995
Director: Joseph Ruben
Writers: Doug Richardson (screenplay & story), David Loughery
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Blake, Chris Cooper, Joe Grifasi, Scott Sowers, Skipp Sudduth, Vincent Patrick
A vengeful subway cop (Woody Harrelson) decides to rob the money train which transports the subway fares. His foster brother (Wesley Snipes), tries to protect him at all cost.
This mediocre action flick from the director of Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) has a rather senseless plot. The story revolves around two foster brothers, played by Snipes and Harrelson who seem to at least be enjoying themselves. The pair both work as subway cops and are rather good at their job. Snipes is the more sensible of the two and is always having to help is younger brother out of trouble, usually caused by his gambling problem. The titular Money Train really plays a minor role until the finale, in which Harrelson attempts to rob it for reasons I won’t get into here. Lopez (The Cell, 2000) appears as a love interest who slightly complicates the relationship between the brothers, and she is just one among several odd characters, including Chris Cooper (American Beauty, 2000) as a psychotic robber and Robert Blake in a role that is only a little less creepy than the one he played in David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997). The character work is shoddy and the script is a mess, but that is not really the point about this sort of film, I suppose. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have impressive action to make up for what it lacks in the writing department, but Snipes and Harrelson are good together and really the only thing worth watching the film for.
Two days after the release of the film, a man committed a crime using the modus operandi of “The Torch” (Chris Cooper) in the film, resulting in the death of a subway employee. This caused The New York City subway workers to call for a boycott of the film and all the posters for the film were removed from the subways.
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