Review: 'Money Plane' (2020) Dir. Andrew Lawrence
Updated: Jul 28, 2020
A casino heist 30,000 miles high is all that stands between crook Adam Copeland and mafia kingpin Kelsey Grammer where nothing is off limits...
"There is a legend in the underworld and those in the know; the money plane. Some of the baddest mother-fuckers on the planet are on that plane, all craving action. Whatever you want to wager on, the money plane has you covered. You want to bet on a dude fucking an alligator? Money plane."
Following a monologue by cigar chomping Fraiser Crane himself, Kelsey Grammer, we cut to a slick opening credits around the blueprints of this...money plane. The plan is simple. Get in, clear the house, get out, pay off debt, all square. It's that simple, and clocking in at just 1hr 20mins, you know just what you're going to get.
Especially when Adam Copeland, known to many as WWE star 'Edge' and complete with a manly man-bun, is leading a convenient rag-tag team of an assassin, safe cracker, pilot, gambler and tech whizz. No backstory, no character development - it's laid out for you to take on face value, and accept it. It's a shame DTV heroes such as Denise Richards and Thomas Jane are highly under-used in this and it's left to Copeland and the others.
It's Grammer with his slick, booming voice as villainous mob kingpin Darius Emmanuel Grouch III (who actually could BE a villainous Fraiser Crane) who adds a touch of quality and class to proceedings.
Once we get on the plane, it becomes a mile-high 'Casino Royale', with various shady characters all depositing their funds and setting up to gamble, to win and who knows what else...but the seductive array of "convincing" buxom air-hostesses hint at that. Accompanied by a synth soundtrack by David Bateman, the whole thing is as low-budget as they come, but dressed up surprisingly stylish.
James Bond would be right at home in the neon and curtain draped sets that make the plane like a Tardis; big on the outside, massive on the inside! But we're not here for logistics!
Yet, after more convenient setups (they make it so easy to break a plane supposedly the most secure place in the air), the premise of dudes fucking alligators (false advertising) and no-holds barred fun slowly begins to fizzle out into the last act. All we are treated to is random video links of Jackass style events that make up the majority of the gambling.
It becomes a very tedious wait for the rag-tag team to finally get their gear and plan in order to secure the vault and the plane, and Copeland does surprisingly little for the most part, falling to Patrick Lamont Jr. or Katrina Norman to be more entertaining either gambling or pulling off people's ears.
It's a techno heist film wrapped up in a zany premise that never really lives up to what it could be, and while the acting is what you'd expect, everything else fails to deliver. The action is near non-existent and when it does happen it has awful sound dubbing, making everything lackluster and sounding like a damp squib.
Grammer is the only one you want to see more of in his, sadly, short screen time. In fact, the faces we want to see more of such as Jane and Richards are held back, and those stars who are less entertaining are up front and center.
Such premise from the outset, but 'Money Plane' sadly loses altitude quick and stalls before a crash landing.
'Money Plane' is a Taylor & Dodge Entertainment production