After a long day at work, we just want to go home. But sometimes, life can turn an unexpected route, and make things uneasy. That's where the film “The Commuter” goes in its direction. Starring Liam Neeson, the film takes a wide variety of turns to ensure a suspenseful ride, but the execution is not really that worth it. There is a little hint of predictability present in the film, and at times, can get rather slow in the process. Involving a frantic train ride, the movie also has a familiarity by copying other films like “Speed” and “Spartacus”. That doesn't mean the film itself is bad, the film, as a whole, is practically nothing new. While “The Commuter” does feature some good aspects, the final stop does take a while to get there.
The story has Michael MacCauley (Neeson), a businessman and former cop, trying to make sure everything in his life works accordingly. This also includes his wife Karen (Elizabeth McGovern) and his sin Danny (Dean-Charles Chapman). Michael takes the train ride home from work every day, and sees a group of regulars. But one particular day, Michael sees a woman named Joanna (Vera Farmiga) asking him to do one simple task: to find someone on the train. What Michael doesn't know, is that there just may be something about all of this that makes him very uneasy.
“The Commuter” is an interesting film that tackles on a unique premise. However, if one so decides to see the film, they might find it to be a mixed bag of sorts.
Some good things about “The Commuter” include the cast. Everyone delivers a fine performance, especially Neeson, who gives his all for the character of Michael. The film does give the character an interesting reasoning as to why he's here, and why he's doing this, but at the same time, we kind of want to root for him in the end.
The pacing is good; at a little under two hours, the movie is very entertaining, and keeps your interest peeled until the final reveal. This, in turn, can be attributed to the direction by Jaume Collet-Serra, who has worked with Neeson in t he past, and it it can show here, as the acting by Neeson, as stated above, is very good.
Now, let's move onto the genre that this film is giving the audience: a suspenseful thriller. For those who are interested, the movie does manage to bring forth a feeling of suspense, and a sense of mystery that surrounds the entire production. Moreover, there is a lot of questioning of who this mysterious person is, and the final revelation can relate towards a lot of people, especially in this day and age.
Now, let's talk about the bad. To start things off, the story does borrow heavily from other films, most notably “Speed” with its premise and concept. There are certain moments in the film that do tend drag the movie down by just a little bit. But the biggest issue that the film has is with its characters. Aside from Michael, most, if not all of the supporting characters, do not feel relatable, or feel like they should be important. They are only they to serve the plot when needed.
In conclusion, while “The Commuter” isn't a bad thriller, it certainly feels as if one just wants to get off the train a lot quicker than necessary.