Rarely a dull moment on commute
It’s a race against time in action-packed thriller The Commuter, which stars Liam Neeson, who is no stranger to these types of roles.
Neeson is Michael, an ex-cop now toiling as an insurance salesman, who has travelled on the same commuter train to and from work for 10 years.
After being confronted by a stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael’s commute home quickly becomes anything but routine.
He is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop.
As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for himself, his family and his fellow passengers.
Neeson reunites with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, having worked together on similar films Run All Night, The Unknown, and Non-Stop.
Collet-Serra is no stranger to staging nail-biting action scenes and luckily recreates some of the magic in the Commuter, making it worth watching.
Written by rookie screenwriters Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, the script lacks imagination and is filled with logistical loopholes.
The film does deserve some credit for playing out in real time and making use of the confined location. There’s rarely a dull moment visually.
Collet-Serra uses the camera so well, to the extent that, by the end, we’re familiar with every part of the train.
The Commuter also stars Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Killian Scott and Jonathan Banks.
The Commuter is an OK film but not as satisfying as Neeson’s unexpected kidnapping thriller success Taken.
Liam Neeson in The Commuter.