I’m a big fan of Liam Neeson, and while waiting in line for the 7PM screening of “The Commuter,” I was talking with a guy about Neeson’s previous non-action films like “Schindler’s List” and “Silence.”
Sure, he’s also entertaining in action movies, but at times, they can be either dated, expired, or not all that great (different aspects). “The Commuter” has nice moments and Neeson shining as usual, but it’s not all that great.
Neeson, in his fourth film with director Jaume Collet-Serra, stars as Michael, a family man, who commutes on the train every day for work. He is an ex-cop and insurance salesman, who just lost his job for company reasons.
En route, a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) comes to him, and offers him a job: someone on this train has a bag with a mysterious object, and he must find the culprit for $100,000. And he does anything stupid or fails to find him/her, people start to die.
“The Commuter” works well when Neeson fights his was through the dangers, and when we, the audience, find out the reasons to all this. It does a better job than the “Taken” sequels, but a lot of this is sometimes predictable, sometimes stressful, and sometimes over bloated.
There’s a train fight that goes on, and looks ridiculous, and there’s a crash scene that looks like a CGI-extravaganza. I know people may be salvaging to see this, but Neeson and Collet-Serra have made better movies-together or separate.