review by Drusilla Blakey
In 2008, Liam Neeson reinvented himself as an action star with Taken. Since then he has not only offered up two sequels to that film, but a variety of other action flicks that have been hit and miss. His latest, The Commuter, based on the novel of the same name, teams him up once again with his Unknown and Run All Night director Jaume Collet-Serra and co-stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill, but does it offer up more of the same action fans expect or will it get derailed early on?
The Commuter follows a businessman who is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. I absolutely adore Liam Neeson and have come to really enjoy his films. One of the things that I find so endearing about him is that he plays to his age and does it so well! As we have seen in the “Taken” films, he does well in fight scenes and he fights as someone his age would. What draws you is that he is not doing some sort of foreign, flippy martial arts, but he is fighting as any of us would; fighting as someone who’s trying to save his life and the life of people he loves. And often times the fights are not ‘pretty’. They are harsh and gritty, and I love it!
I was interested to see if he would do the same in this movie and if this movie would give us more dimension of his character. But unfortunately, this movie is actually very similar to some of his other films with only a slight twist. He is still unwittingly put into a situation where he must fight to save people he cares about. It just happens to take place on a train. Although it wasn’t anything new or a revelation, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
As I said before, I adore this man and I loved all the Taken movies. So if you like action, great fight scenes (there are many good and creative fights in this one), dramas, mystery, intrigue, or you just like Liam Neeson you will enjoy this.
This release not only includes the film but bonus content including featurettes that take you further behind the making of the film. Find your seat on the train and grab your copy of The Commuter available now on Digital and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on April 17th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.