It seems that you can’t take Liam Neeson anywhere without him going into full-on hulk mode on the next person determined to hurt his family. Bad guys have met their end at the hands of Neeson in planes, cars and, now, in trains with the new film, “The Commuter.”
The story focuses on Michael MacCauley (Neeson), who takes the commuter train each day to work in New York City where he works as an insurance salesman. Before heading home, MacCauley is called into his boss’s office and is informed his job has been eliminated. Now jobless, MacCauley heads home and is presented with a choice from a stranger. The option tests MacCauley’s character and defines the person he has become.
I was not really expecting much from this film, except to be another carbon copy of the “Taken” movies that Neeson has stared in over the last few years. And while there are some elements of the story that clearly are borrowed from that franchise, the tale in “The Commuter” does create its own identity.
By no means is “The Commuter” going to win any awards or honors because it was strictly created to entertain. If you take the movie for what it is, then you are going to have a great time. The story has plenty of layers to keep the audience plugged in and focused. It does have a few holes in its story, but it is nothing that is detrimental.
The only drawback to this movie is Neeson being typecast as this parental action hero in film after film. I wish that he would get back to doing films that have a little bit more substance to them like “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and “Schindler’s List.”
I fear that Neeson talent will soon be forgotten if he continues down this path of bland films.
If you are looking for a film that will provide you with an engaging story with a little bit of action then “The Commuter” fits the bill perfectly. However, if you are looking for something has a little bit more to its story then “The Commuter” falls short.
I give this movie three and a half mustaches out of five.
The Commuter is rated PG-13 for some intense action, violence, and language It runs 105 minutes.