Liam Neeson revived his profession a couple of decade in the past as an older-than-usual motion star with Taken. Since then, director Jaume Collet-Serra has helped to shephard alongside that profession change, collaborating with him on a number of of his more moderen motion efforts. Their fourth and newest collaboration, The Commuter, is definitely considered one of their greatest collaborations and feels just like the form of film that merely does not get made that always anymore. A enjoyable, if imperfect, mid-budget motion/thriller.
In The Commuter, Liam Neeson performs an insurance coverage salesman named Michael, who has been working arduous for the higher a part of a decade to offer for his household. This implies, commuting on the practice from the suburbs to the town daily. Nonetheless, issues take a flip for Michael sooner or later and, on his closing every day commute dwelling, it rapidly turns into something however routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is pressured to uncover the id of a hidden passenger on his practice earlier than the final cease. As he works in opposition to the clock to resolve the puzzle, he realizes a lethal plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a prison conspiracy. With twists and turns alongside the best way, Michael should attempt to save his life and the lives of the harmless passengers aboard the practice.
Some of the widespread complaints amongst many in Hollywood as of late is that mid-budget films simply do not get made all that always anymore. It is both very low-budget films or large tentpole blockbusters. There is definitely some gray space, however that is the lion’s share of what will get made as of late. By some means, Jaume Collet-Serra has made fairly the profession out of creating these mid-budget popcorn films and, fairly frankly, he is fairly good at it. The Commuter is one other fantastic instance of that.
To be clear, this is not some sensible piece of auteur filmmaking. This film is strictly what you assume it may be, and I imply that in one of the best ways potential. The Commuter is a typically clever, typically dumb however all the time enjoyable, if typically ridiculous whodunit with the occasional break for a fairly nice motion sequence. And one completely large, completely, pardon the pun that I am sure shall be used far too many instances, off-the-rails motion sequence that’s equal elements hilarious and thrilling. I am unsure if that was the intention, however this film does not cease being entertaining and that is fairly vital on the subject of spending one’s time in a movie show as of late.
That is additionally fairly the fantastic efficiency from Liam Neeson. In various of his motion films over the course of the final decade, he hasn’t actually had an opportunity to shine. The Gray is probably the perfect instance of him really getting to point out off is Oscar-caliber performing abilities in a enjoyable and really efficient journey flick. Do not get me mistaken, there’s usually lots occurring that wishes to distract you from Neeson’s efficiency right here, however he is nice and this film works as a result of he is in it. He additionally has the advantage of some very fantastic actors within the ensemble, such because the criminally underutilized Sam Neill and an unintentional The Conjuring reunion, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga each on board the forged as effectively.
The Commuter is form of like somebody took a thriller within the vein of Homicide on the Orient Specific and gave it the spirit of a 90s motion/thriller like The Fugitive and hammed it up only a bit. You get precisely the film that is marketed, which is an efficient, quaint enjoyable time on the films. Nothing extra, nothing much less. And contemplating the dumping floor that January usually is for studios, that makes new Lionsgate film The Commuter a really secure wager, assuming you are into that form of factor. All I do know is, I need to see Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra hold these items up.