Thursday, January 18, 2018


The Commuter is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, and Sam Neil. The plot of the movie is a businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.  Even though this was coming out in January which is where Hollywood dumps all its crap I was looking forward to it because I am a big fan of Liam Neeson. This is a very fun well-made crime drama.  All of the main actors are solid and some of the supporting characters are good even though the acting from the unknowns isn't that great.    What really does work her is the collaboration between the director and Liam Neeson. These two know what kind of movie they are making. They have worked together a few times now and yes each of those films is similar, but they have defiantly perfected this formula.  This director knows how to make some good looking films and this is no exception. There are some pretty shitty special effects towards the end, but aside from that, it looks like there was a lot of effort put into this movie which I was happy to see in a January movie.    This movie does actually has a sense of humor about itself whether its Liam Neeson in the middle of trying to find this person seeing a sign on a building saying "Don't you wish you were home right now" or him walking by a sign that says "See something say something" when he can't because he is being forced not to.  The thrills don't disappoint this is a mystery that is fun. Trying to figure out who this mystery passenger is was a lot of fun.  The big twist of the movie even though I saw it coming it was handled well.  Liam Neeson is awesome as usual and I like that they didn't make his character an action badass. He's an ex-cop who commutes to the city. He's not very well skilled when he gets into some hand-to-hand combat he gets his ass kicked for the most part. I thought it was realistic. The action is very well filmed there is none of that awful shaky cam that so many action directors fell the need to use. The movie has a brisk pace it's not longer than it needs to be and I was entertained throughout.    The only flaws are some of the supporting characters the acting isn't that great, the twist is predictable and some of the effects towards the end are not the best. This was a pleasant surprise especially for a January movie and a great way for me to start off 2018.  4 out of 5 stars for The Commuter. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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