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The Commuter Movie Review

Alison Chan

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You know him from the Taken trilogy, the famous “I will find you, and I will kill you” references, his brief but important appearance in Star Wars, and his role in the hit romantic comedy Love, Actually. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about Liam Neeson. The 65-year-old actor’s newest action-thriller features an intriguing criminal conspiracy, which puts his former NYPD detective skills to the test.

The Commuter, which was released on January 12, starts off in the fast-paced New York City environment. After waking up, Michael MacCauley (Neeson) greets his son Danny (Dean-Charles Chapman) and wife Karen (Elizabeth McGovern.) He addressed their ongoing problem of finding enough money to pay for Danny’s college tuition at Syracuse University.

That same day, Michael gets fired from his job as an insurance salesman and meets a mysterious woman named Joanna (Vera Farmiga) on his regular commute home. Joanna interests Michael with an offer—all Michael has to do is find a passenger, with the alias Prynn, who doesn’t fit in with the rest of the passengers. Michael has until the last stop, Cold Spring, to figure out which passenger is Prynn. If he does, he would get a total of $100,000 as a reward. Joanna then leaves the train, but mentions that there is $25,000 in one of the bathrooms as a down payment. Although Michael is wary of the offer at first, he eventually accepts it once he finds $25,000 sitting in the bathroom vent. As he works towards the goal of finding Prynn, he puts not only his life in danger, but the lives of all the other passengers aboard the train.

Overall, The Commuter is a must-see, interesting, and complex movie. From the beginning to the end, there are a countless number of unexpected plot-twists. Although the conspiracy might not be realistic, the familiar New York City and Metro-North Railroad settings made it a little more conceivable. I really enjoyed watching a familiar actor playing a part in another great action-thriller. Definitely think about seeing The Commuter the next time you go to the movies.

 

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