In case you’re wondering, this film has no connection with the film Money Train, which was featured back in 1995. Money Plane is an entirely new film altogether.
Jack (Adam Copeland) is a skilled thief who works with a small crew. His boss is a dangerous crime lord who goes by the name The Rumble (Kelsey Grammer). When Jack and the team attempt to steal a rare and expensive painting, they are shocked to discover the painting is non-existent and the crew leave the site empty-handed.
When the news gets back to The Rumble about Jack’s failings, he is not impressed and feels Jack owes him for his failure to deliver the painting. The Rumble advises Jack about a casino which is on a plane and contains over one billion dollars worth of cryptocurrency. The aircraft is also filled with dangerous criminals. Threatened by The Rumble, Jack has no choice but to assemble the team once more and go undercover for the ultimate heist in the sky.
As a plot, Money Plane sounds exciting and fresh, but unfortunately, it doesn’t contain anything that I hoped to see. The story itself is relatively slow, and I was surprised to see how long it takes for our leads to even get on the plane. The plane itself is loaded with criminals who, instead of being harsh and rough, are rather silly and cheesy. The film attempts to add action into the mix, but the story and action are never convincing or engaging. Fists and hits never feel real, instead feeling somewhat laughable. The film also sets up a mystery, but it’s so predictable and evident that surely anyone who watches this film will share the same type of eye rolls as I did. Plus this reveal has been done in so many films it’s not surprising to see anymore.
Performances, for the most part, are dull, bland, and emotionless. Granted, while I enjoyed seeing actor Kelsey Grammer play the film’s bad guy, even he comes across as weak and again, laughable, as a crime villain who claims to be the most dangerous and fearful man in the world. Those who are excited to see actress Denise Richards will be disappointed by the actress’s quick and brief appearance on screen, which is surprising as the actress is second billing. Actor Thomas Jane brings a small touch of humour to the screen in a supporting role with little to no action from the man himself.
Overall, this is a weak and disappointing heist. Sure, the idea of robbing an airborne casino which is filled with dangerous criminals should have been a fun and entertaining concept, but it fails on just about every level. As a plot, it is slow-paced, predictable, and loaded with cheesy dialogue. Performances are dull, nevertheless, this B grade heist will have its fans, but I couldn’t wait to abandon this flight.
Money Plane (2020) is Now Available on DVD!