Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Commuter Movie Review

Liam Neeson stars in The Commuter

One Little Thing

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Michael (Liam Neeson) is an insurance salesman is on his daily commute home, when it quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Vera Farmiga asks Neeson, "What kind of person are you?" The answer is obvious. A 60-year-old everyman/ex-cop who doesn't necessarily want to kick ass, but after a couple of phone calls, is only too happy to oblige. The Taken star's fourth collaboration with Collet-Serra won't earn points for originality; but it doesn't have to. It's entertaining as heck (implausible ending notwithstanding) and a more effective whodunit than November's Murder on the Orient Express. Neeson's character is refreshingly flawed, and even gets his butt kicked (a few times) which makes this locomotive thrill ride a lot easier to swallow.

Grade: B