Benjamin Maio Mackay
The Commuter - 2 Stars
The latest Liam Neeson thriller is frivolous fun.
A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
This film suffers from its own pacing, the first act is too light on the action (and not particularly plot heavy either) where as the second half crams a lot in a short amount of time. That being said, its not a difficult plot to follow. The cinematography is conventional and they attempt to hide the fact they only built one train carriage using sneaky shots (and green screen). Liam Neeson plays the exact same role he played in Taken and Non-Stop and every other action movie, but it is enjoyable to watch and without him the film would tank. Sam Neil is criminally under-utilised in a supporting role, while the rest of the train passengers offer solid performances.
Overall this film is fully self-aware and is another fun action romp.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Picture This!