On January 12, action-packed thriller “The Commuter” came to theaters as Liam Neeson’s final action film. As someone who was not previously a fan of action movies, I was unfamiliar with Neeson’s acting style but was pleasantly surprised by his performance in the film as protagonist ex-cop Michael MacCauley.
Despite a lowly 58 percent on “Rotten Tomatoes” and a 6.5 out of 10 on “IMDb,” I personally found the movie to be very engaging and worth a higher score. For the most part, the movie tied every plot point together perfectly. The exposition firmly established the need for money, helping to show why Neeson’s character accepted a dangerous deal in the first place. Also, as Neeson narrowed down the passengers to find the identity of Prynne–the witness wanted by Joanna (Vera Farmiga)–each piece of information that he deduced was presented in a believable way where the audience could follow along. Prynne’s identity turned out to be somewhat of a surprise–a plot twist typical of mysteries–but enough information is laid out so that the audience can still figure things out alongside Neeson.
I found the movie to be very engaging and worth a higher rating.
However, I still left the movie with a few questions about the movie’s plot. Sometimes it was hard to understand how people were getting their information or determine who was aligned with whom. I watched the movie with my family, and we all agreed that the ending was a little fuzzy in terms of characters’ motivations and thought processes. I needed clarity on several details of that scene close to the end, but the suspense and action of the rest of the movie outweighed that brief confusion.
Others claim that “The Commuter” is essentially a remake of another one of Neeson’s action films, “Non-Stop.” Even so, “The Commuter” was filled with suspense, mystery, emotion and action. It was everything that I imagined from the thriller. So if it bares resemblance to “Non-Stop,” then it does not bother me at all, because it would not hurt to have another movie with such an attention-getting plot.