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Review: The Commuter
It requires Film Critic Tom Smith-Wrinch, a man with a particular set of skills, to review Liam Neeson's latest action film the Commuter
It seems that Liam Neeson just can’t catch a break. Mirroring his 2014 Thriller, Non-Stop his use of public transport simply isn’t working for him. Walking into the film, one has certain expectations regarding the character Liam will be portraying: rugged, pragmatic and unequivocally menacing. Fortunately for fans expecting this regurgitation, this husky silver fox doesn’t disappoint. It is safe to say that, having watched this rather twisted rendition of hide-and-seek on a moving train, audiences will leave movie theatres in a state of suspense, paranoia and an undoubtable eagerness to catch an Uber back home.
The Commuter follows the journey of Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson), who like most tired commuters, wants nothing more than the quiet life.
“Audiences will leave movie theatres in a state of suspense, paranoia, and an undoubtable eagerness to catch an Uber back home
Saying that, Neeson has done this rodeo for the past seven movies now so anything else is little much of a surprise. In fact, you have to feel for the man’s family at some point- constantly threatened, held hostage and in some instances, killed all in order to provide audiences with the elements of the ‘Neesonesque’ cat and mouse thriller that we have become so acclimatised to. Just leave the family out of it for once Liam. During the film, one is sucked into this universe of suspense, danger and the unparalleled greyness of the inside of a metro train.
“One mustn’t confuse a lack of imagination with a lack of entertainment
Having said that, one must touch upon the less appealing aspects of such a film. Taking inspiration from elements of both Agatha Christie’s, Murder on the Orient Express and the rather less refined, Fast and Furious series the movie does seem to lack originality and, at times, direction. If you want to see Neeson act as the forlorn yet equally intimidating pensioner, then this is the film for you. Otherwise, this over-used rendition of the doting action man may seem to drag into one hell of a long train ride. One mustn’t confuse a lack of imagination with a lack of entertainment however. For all that it is worth, this latest instalment into the conflicted world of Liam Neeson does indeed provide moments of intense suspense, claustrophobia and ultimately, a thrilling commute nonetheless. And for that, the film is in itself a success. Despite flawed logic, an unoriginal and regurgitated plot line and the perpetual greyness of this public train the movie will draw audiences in. As all good thrillers should.
Verdict: Drawing us into a universe of corruption, deceit and mystery this picture doesn’t fail to adhere to Liam’s movie motto of, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ That's all that can really be said for such a film, however for Neeson I will say this and only this; In future, just get a bloody taxi.