A thriller of a plot playing out on a train: We’ve seen it before, but not with a notable addition in the form of one Liam Neeson. The Irish-born actor reinvented himself as an action star in 2008 with the first of the Taken trilogy. In the first in the franchise, he played an ex-CIA agent forced to track down the men who kidnapped his daughter. The three films cemented Neeson as a go-to guy for action thriller films.
He’s back for another thrill ride, this one literally, on a train where Neeson portrays a commuter headed home after just having been unceremoniously let go from his job. A random traveler on the same train approaches Neeson with an usual offer: She’ll give him a hefty 100 grand if he’ll perform one task — locate and identify a specific passenger also traveling on board that train.
Neeson’s character, Michael MacCauley, is a former cop, which gives him some much-needed skills considering the pratfalls this man must endure en route to finding his target. On the way, MacCauley also discovers he’s become involved in a criminal enterprise.
The film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, is taken from a script by Byron Willinger, Phillip de Blasi, and Ryan Engle, from a story by Willinger and de Blasi. The cast, in addition to Neeson, includes Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Johnathan Banks, Sam Neill, and Elizabeth McGovern.
The Commuter picks up a score of 53 from RottenTomatoes. The film has a running time of one hour 44 minutes and is rated PG-13.
The Commuter featurette
The Commuter trailer