Film / Money Train

A 1995 movie starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, and Jennifer Lopez.

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other is living a downward spiral. After losing his job, berated by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark, he implements a plan to steal the "money train," a train carrying the New York Subway's weekly revenue.

This movie contains examples of:

  • An Asskicking Christmas: The events of the movie happen on late December, with the heist occurring during New Year's Eve.
  • The Gambling Addict: Charlie. The incredible hostility of the loan shark he owes money to makes an important part of the plot.
  • Happily Adopted: On the backstory, Charlie was adopted by John's family when he was a kid and (current vitriol aside), Charlie always looked up to John.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: After Charlie loses the money he was going to pay his Loan Shark with (because some random pickpocketing lady stole it while he was riding the subway) and he reaches the Despair Event Horizon and accepts the beating to come, the Loan Shark back-tracks and decides that beating up (and possibly kill) Charlie because of said acceptance wouldn't be a satisfaction, and so he gives Charlie the threat to pay or else he will go after John. This gives Charlie the drive he needs to try to steal the money train.
  • Jerkass: Patterson. The man oversees the running of the money train on time and with its full money reserve (which he goes as far as to call "his" money) as something more important than human lives. Early on he doesn't even apologizes for the train's guards shooting dead a small-time crook that was running at them (while running away from John) and during the climactic heist his big plan to stop the train (although probably he believed it was the Godzilla Threshold, seeing that a thick steel barricade didn't stop it earlier) was to keep a passenger train on the same route and allow the money train to crash with it, even going so far as to radio the money train and tell John and Charlie that the resulting crash would be their fault. He also belittled Grace just for being a Latino woman, for which she gets her due payback by arresting him in the end for endangering innocent lives, and immediately suspects John and Charlie when the train runs several thousand short on a run that they were helping protect (and when it turns out that someone else did it, he doesn't apologizes and wants them fired for comments they did when he accused them of stealing).
  • Karma Houdini: The old lady pickpocket that took Charlie's money.
  • Love Triangle: John, Charlie and Grace Santiago, respectively.
  • Nose Nuggets: The two brothers get even with a Jerk Ass who spat at Wesley Snipe's character by simultaneously punching him out and then firing off two snot rockets at him while he's down.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Charlie and John, respectively.
  • Runaway Train: Oh, do tell. Part of the climactic heist occurs with the money train being this because John and Charlie deliberately damaged any means to stop it that Patterson could employ to put them in the middle of a trap-and thus when Patterson decides to leave a passenger train on the same track and allow the money train to crash with it, John and Charlie must devise a way to make the train stop without it getting them killed.
  • Salt and Pepper: Inverted. John is the straight laced fellow, while Charlie is the wild card.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Charlie legitimately losing money to a pickpocketing old lady
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Charlie and John, foster brothers. Their constant bickering is a Running Gag that runs as far as a good chunk of the credits, but when the going gets tough they work together.