REVIEW: THE COMMUTER
Running Length: 105 minutes
Release Date: 19th January 2018
Directed by: Jaume Collett-Serra
Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill
Story by: Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi
Cinematography: Paul Cameron
The Commuter is not a movie that should be watched in a cinema. The Commuter is a movie that should be sold from the suitcase of a bootlegger in a 2-for-1 offer with The Expendables 3. A more appropriate title for this thrill-free thriller might have been Taken 4: A Fool.
This is the fourth collaboration between Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra. In 2014 the pair made Non-Stop, wherein Neeson’s ex-cop searched for a mystery antagonist on a plane. Here Neeson’s ex-cop is searching for a mystery antagonist on a train. Honestly, once the poster has been designed (Neeson plus gun equals money), this stuff must write itself.
It’s hard to resent Neeson too much for topping up the pension fund with this guff, but it’s harder still to fathom wherein lies the audience for The Commuter. Obviously there is one, or else rubbish like this wouldn’t be churned out with such alarming alacrity. God only knows what constitutes the target demographic. It’s probably the same guy who’s sitting at home waiting for the new series of The Grand Tour on Amazon.
The Commuter is just awful. Don’t even think about it. Not for a second.