By Mica Wilhite
“The Commuter” is the fourth collaboration between actor Liam Neeson and Spanish film director Jaume Collet-Serra. One of Hollywood’s biggest and most successful movie stars known for his roles in “Schindler’s List” and “Love Actually,” Neeson has become a bankable action hero in recent years. Since 2011, he and Collet-Serra have made “Unknown,” “Non-Stop,” and “Run All Night” not to mention his starring role in the “Taken” film series.
“The Commuter” relays the story of Michael MacCauley (Neeson), an ex-NYPD officer turned insurance salesman who has just been laid off. Joanna (Vera Farmiga) approaches him on a commuter train with a request that he do “this one little thing” for a whole lot of money. MacCauley, of course, agrees to the request without knowing he is facilitating a criminal conspiracy.
The film scores a consistent 54% Rotten on the Tomatometer with only 52% of the audience liking it. Compared to what “Non-Stop” and “Taken” fans expect, the film falls far short by having a mechanical script and predictable action scenarios and outcomes. That said, Neeson’s and Farmiga’s talent as actors and Collet-Serra vision as a director salvage the cinematic thriller from complete derailment.
At the distinguished age of 65, Neeson announced this past September that he thought “The Commuter” might be his last action thriller film only to walk back the comments later providing great relief to his fans. In fact, he has also announced his next action collaboration with Collet-Serra is scheduled to begin in 2019.
“The Commuter” (105 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for some intense action/violence, and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Then plan to see it if you can, but don’t fret if you must wait for it to come out on DVD.
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