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The Commuter Review: Thrills on Wheels

The Commuter

The Commuter is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Liam Neeson in their fourth collaboration after unknown, non stop and run all night. Liam Neeson plays Michael Macaulay a retired ex-cop who is now working in insurance who commutes on a train every day to work.

One day he finds himself in strange situation when Vera Farmiga introduces herself and says someone on this train doesn’t belong here. She offers $100,000 to Neeson to find them and point them out to her.

For The Commuter you could say this is non-stop but on a train and there are similarities for sure but whenever you set a thriller on a moving vehicle you do things right, you can have a really fun movie. Neeson has this character in this role of the noble everyday guy who just wants to help his family and some people who might get in the way who need his help but the difference here is that there’s a bit of a moral ambiguity to his character.



He’s having financial difficulties and so when this strange offer of money presented to him to do this simple thing he accept the offer, even though he knows that it could result in someone’s harm and so that aspect of his character I appreciate it because it wasn’t just a guy with special skills who wants to save his family.

Jaume Collet-Serra is a pretty damn good director really save The Commuter from some rather implausible parts. As far action goes about this movie I saw really bad fight scenes with a lot of shaky-cam and quick cut editing but this film has one of the best Neeson fight scenes I’ve ever seen.

There’s a lot of sequences in The Commuter of incredible awkwardness where Neeson has to talk to people and try to figure out like who are you exactly and not come off weird because a lot of them are young women and so he has to traverse that as well and figure out how do I talk to this girl and not creep her out and despite some of the impossibility.

The Commuter is good example of Modern-day collaborations between actors and directors go, this is watchable and entertaining and don’t really challenge the medium or give us anything new to think.