- 30 Jan 18
Liam Neeson's train thriller gets derailed.
Several years ago, Jaume Collet-Serra directed a screenplay by Ryan Engle, where Liam Neeson’s transatlantic flight is interrupted by mysterious villains texting him, threatening to kill passengers unless he co-operates. Of course, his experience in law enforcement helps him save the day. That film was Non-Stop. Definitely not The Commuter.
Because in The Commuter, Collet-Serra directs a screenplay by Ryan Engle, Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, wherein Liam Neeson’s daily train commute is interrupted by mysterious villains calling him, threatening to kill passengers unless he co-operates. Naturally, his previous experience in law enforcement helps him save the day.
To be fair, in the first act, the director does show some artistic flair. An impressive sequence that compresses thousands of days into mere minutes shows the unerringly banal, yet warmly recognisable, routine of Michael MacCauley’s days: waking his teenage son; being dropped off by his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) at the train station; and swapping pleasantries with his fellow commuters – the content ordinariness of daily life.