The Commuter is a 2018 film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and this is now his fourth collaboration with Liam Neeson with films including Unknown, Run All Night, and Non- Stop. This film is about Michael, a daily train commuter who meets a beautiful woman named Joanna on the train, after she asks him what is supposed to be a hypothetical question he is caught up in a criminal plot and must find someone on the train who does not belong. The film stars Liam Neeson, Vera Farming, and Patrick Wilson. Now I will be as honest as I can when I say that this is one damn entertaining movie, but lacks originality. This film does carry a lot of tension, and a lot of fun action sequences as well as a lot of sequences that are highly implausible.
I had a lot of fun with this movie so I’ll start this off with what I liked first as I always do. The direction in this movie, it’s great, it works really well for the action sequences. With a lot of Neeson’s previous films most of his action sequences are usually cut very quickly to make it look cool but ends up looking really choppy and really bad in my opinion, but the action sequences here look really well, you can actually follow the action and not get lost looking for characters in between the shot changes which was something that was very well done and very impressive for an action movie like this. This is a wildly entertaining film. The action sequences are great, as well as the direction that goes with it. There was one major scene in particular towards the middle of the film that stood out the most. It’s very fun and creative. It’s shot to make it look like one long continuous take but was still very impressive.
One of the best aspects of this film is Neeson’s character. As the film begins he is confronted with the hypothetical question that he is asked that lands him in this mess, but after the question is asked you sort of start to wonder where his morals lie. He’s a character that really made me wonder even what I would do in this situation. It’s very clear at the beginning of this movie he’s having financial trouble and that was a big part of this movie, it may not have seemed like anything at first but after certain events are shown and things sink in the answer to this “hypothetical” question becomes very unclear and almost dangerous. This aspect of the film really was something I liked.
As this film went on I really caught on to something very similar that I had seen before, and that was Non-Stop, a film also directed by Collet-Serra that with a few changes to the story became The Commuter. The amount of similarities in this film is ridiculous. I caught on to this before even halfway through the movie. By the time I realized what was going on I knew how this film was going to end. This is not the kind of movie that is an exact rehash of the film mentioned before, but for anyone else who saw Non-Stop and see this film it may be something that will also see as a predictable and original film. The only real major difference between the two is that Non-Stop is on a plane and this is on a train. Everything in this film plays out almost exactly the same with the same twist that you would have gotten in Non-Stop.
In the end this is a fun movie but it lacks originality. The direction is good and the performances are great. The film is fun and is extremely entertaining. This is a watchable movie but does not contain much plausibility. Overall, I’d say this is a decent action movie that’s fun to watch. I give The Commuter a 6.5/10.
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