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The Commuter

Lionsgate, The Picture Company, StudioCanal and Ombra Films present a 104 minute, PG-13, Action, Crime, Drama, directed by Juame Collet-Serra, story by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi with a theatre release date of January 12, 2018.

 

For 10 years ex-cop Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) worked for UCI Insurance in New York City. He rode the same commuter train from home to work every day and has had the opportunity to know most of the people that ride his train as well. His wife Karen (Elizabeth McGovern) took him to the train every day in rain, sleet, snow or hail. But one day was different when he arrived at work, at the age of sixty, two mortgages and his son Danny (Dean-Charles Chapman) about to start an expensive college, Michael was fired. Not ready to return home and tell his family about his job or now lack thereof what better to do than meet his old partner Alex Murphy (Patrick Wilson) for a drink at the bar. They were partners for seven years on the police force and always had each other’s backs and this day was no different.

No different until he got on his train to return home that is. His usual acquaintances were on board, Walt (Jonathan Banks), Tony (Andy Nyman), Conductor Sam (Colin McFarlane) and a number of others he usually spoke to during his long ride. This trip he is approached by an unknown woman, Joanna (Vera Farmiga) who starts to tell him about a potential game. If Michael can find out who on this train is on their way to the Cold Spring stop and is carrying a specific package that he must mark with a gps tracker he will be rewarded with $100,000. All things that sound so easy especially when it involves money are never the case and this opportunity for a man who just lost his job this proposition is not easy.

New people on board, Dylan (Killian Scott), Vince (Shazad Latif), Eva (Clara Lago), Jackson (Roland Moller), Gwen (Florence Pugh), Sofia (Ella-Rae Smith), just to name a few are on board and when the game involves the possible death of his family and even innocent people on board time is running out for Michael to find this person named Prin. Mistakes are made, people lose their lives and in one extremely explosive ending this game of truth and dare comes to a head with no time to spare for everyone involved especially Prin who holds a secret that must not ever come out to the FBI hence the reason someone wants Prin dead.

I absolutely enjoyed this film but what can I saw I am a big fan of Liam and I definitely enjoyed his last words in this story. I especially enjoyed the opening and the way the director used the passing of time. The story never really gets confusing if you pay attention. The writers are good at moving the story on board of a train along swiftly to keep the audience engaged in the who did it, who is it scenario. If you liked Neeson in the film that took place on a plane some time backcalled “Non Stop” you will definitely like this one on a train. He controls the entire film once again with a great cast of supporting characters that keep you guessing during the ride. If I have to throw in a negative sometimes the director made the riders a bit too suspicious or obvious with their actions in order to make them a suspect. It works but the obvious moments are not really needed. The story is a bit predictable but either way I really enjoyed it. It is your typical Liam Neeson action film with a lot of thrills and a lot of hand to hand engagements between the good and the potentially bad guys.   There are no animals in this film other than some of the characters who may have acted like one.

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