Rarely a dull mo­ment on com­mute

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | Lifestyle -

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.

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