The Commuter is nothing more than a rehash of old ideas on a different mode of transport
Amazingly, The Commuter is actually rather muted when Liam Neeson’s recent filmography is taken into account. It’s still jolting and overdone, but there’s actually some resemblance of a story within the boundaries that are the opening and closing credits.
After losing his job, Michael (Liam Neeson) finds himself with an ultimatum on his commuter train home. Take the money and discover the person of interest, or go home to a family with no prospects for their future. Michael becomes embroiled in a search for answers as his time looks to be up when the train reaches its final destination.
We had Taken 1, 2, and 3 and that was followed by Non-Stop (or Taken on a plane), and, essentially, The Commuter is Taken on a train. It just has a bit more substance than usual. This is clearly a role that Neeson feels comfortable in, it’s just an that the films have almost no output of quality. The Commuter is certainly lacking a moral compass and a sense of reality. Themes that are key to making an action film work.
The effects are nothing special, the acting is often very ordinary, and the twist doesn’t really change the film. The Commuter is exactly what it was expected to be, with no surprise element to catch anyone off guard.
It will naturally make money, purely down to its marketability and its sense of audience-pleasing action. The strengths are more non-weaknesses as it outperforms similar films before it, but in reality, The Commuter is nothing more than a rehash of old ideas on a different mode of transport.