Stop the train – I want to get off. Not because something sinister is happening on the train but because I can’t believe what I am watching!
We all loved the fact that in his mid 50s, Liam Neeson reinvented himself as an action hero, thanks to his role in “Taken”. Thanks to that film, if you are ever in danger, Liam Neeson is the one you want to come and rescue you.
It looks like Liam has a ball playing these roles – he has said that he loves being the action hero because he feels like a “kid in a toy shop” (you can watch my interview with Neeson here). The problem is, just because he is having fun, it doesn’t mean the audience is.
Of late his choices of action films have been bad – “Taken 2”, “Taken 3” and now we can add “The Commuter” to the list.
It is the most ridiculous concept. Michael (Neeson), just having been fired from his job, takes his usual train home to break the news to his family. On his way home, he is confronted by a mystery woman (Vera Farmiga). She poses the question “If you could do something, not know about the consequences and get $100,000 would you do it?”
The answer to this question has a domino effect. In trying to find the person, there are many casualties along the way – including the audience.
The story line is ridiculous. Not even the action will keep the action fans entertained.
It is sad that this is the case because there is a great cast supporting Neeson – Jonathan Banks (Mike from “Breaking Bad”), Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Vera Farmiga and our very own Killian Scott makes an appearance. Seeing Killian on the screen was the only highlight for me. Sorry I lie, that and seeing the credits roll – signifying that I no longer had to endure this film.
“The Commuter” is like the worst commute you have had to endure. Stay away from this and choose another (cinema) line instead.