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Money Train

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Money Train

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Robert Blake, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Lopez
director:
Joseph Ruben
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D+

A big, noisy headache of a movie, Money Train reunites Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as New York City Transit Authority policemen. They taunt and tease each other just as they did in White Men Can’t Jump, but this time around, they’re foster brothers — we’re supposed to find the racial difference in this relationship intrinsically hilarious. The duo is joined by a third transit cop, played by Jennifer Lopez, who from the moment she joins their squad becomes romantically involved with both Snipes and Harrelson — which, of course, only leads to more taunting and teasing. Lopez’s role is stupidly written (by Doug Richardson and David Loughery, with some — thank-his-lucky-stars uncredited — rewriting by Richard Price), but she gives a smashing performance anyway, radiating braininess while making some cool martial-arts moves. Robert Blake, looking embalmed, plays a commissioner in charge of the subway car that carries all the money collected from the stations’ turnstiles. Will our heroes protect the train, or rob it? Money Train, directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy), with thunderous punches and crashing subway cars, doesn’t care if we care. D+

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