The Commuter Reviewed By Andy Box

The Premise
A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
The Review
Neeson hits right track in Train Drama

Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones) is one of those actors that delivers time after time and I for one thoroughly enjoy his work. Although simple in premise, Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) obviously believes if it aint broke then don’t fix it and therefore we have another collaboration with Neeson that is full on  action, drama, emotion and twists.

Neeson plays MacCauley, a sixty year old ex cop turned insurance salesman who is placed in an impossible not so ‘hypothetical’ situation and the clock is ticking. The plot moves quickly and you are soon caught up in the moral dilemma that is carry out a crime to pay the mortgage. All he has to do to collect the cash is kill an unknown person on his way home.

Neeson is supported by a solid cast throughout and Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Patrick Wilson (The Founder) help us navigate the pacy action as we try to figure out who is the witness and who can our unusual hero trust on his solo rampage up and down his usual train home. The casting team should be congratulated for assembling a roster that also includes Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) who all add something to one rollercoaster of a train ride.

The Verdict
Despite being far fetched in parts I enjoyed the concept of this movie and both director and actor have delivered once again. So why not buy a ticket and take the train. First stop, pretty good entertainment!
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 18th January 2018
Rating: M – Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 105 minutes
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night, Non-Stop)
The Extras
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson previously collaborated on two movies, The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016).
Liam Neeson and Sam Neill are both Irish actors and were both contenders for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), which eventually went to fellow Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. Neill was also considered for Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). Additionally, both actors starred in a Steven Spielberg film in 1993 (Schindler's List (1993) and Jurassic Park (1993)).
Fourth collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson after Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015).
Reunites Liam Neeson and Patrick Wilson, who both starred together in The A-Team (2010).
Neeson and McGovern's first collaboration since Clash of the Titans (2010).