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Movie Review: The Commuter

Published on 19 January 2018|
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What would you do if your mundane life suddenly made a one-eighty?

by Eleni K, Carrybeans

How’s life?

That’s one of the generic questions we normally ask as a conversation opener when we bump into a familiar face on the street. Once that door’s opened, it’s up to you to say or spill however much you want.

The Commuter is all about a story that unravels from that point. Michael McCauley (Liam Neeson) is part of a normal family, has a steady job and has been commuting to work via the same train everyday for a decade.

Just in that short opening clip (a visually stunning scene), it’s enough to know that his life is pretty much the same as everyone else. However, the solid tight shots and strategic angle cinematography under movie director, Jaume Collet-Serra, gives a sense that something big is about to happen.


There is nothing tame about Liam Neeson

If there is one thing about a movie starring Neeson, it’s that his films are never tame. After movie successes such as Taken 1-3, The Bounty, Excalibur and many others, the veteran actor has made his mark as an action movie star and thankfully, shows no sign of retiring any time soon.

With the awesome action, sometimes violent moments and epic fight scenes seen in The Commuter, you can be sure that the Irish actor will once again deliver a film of worth.


Never judge a book by its cover

Credits: Jay Maidment / Lionsgate / Everett

Who is Prynne?

The entire movie is based on this question; a puzzle Michael needs to solve when he made a deal with the strange and mysterious Joanna (beautifully and cunningly played by Vera Farmiga). Throughout the film, this simple question kept me on the edge of my seat.

Is it the girl sitting in the corner, nose in book and earphones on? Or the big guy with tattoos? Oh! What about the young man with the guitar, could he be Prynne? Or is the stock broker who never stops talking? Wait, the nurse with the intense eyes and tired face… maybe it’s her.


The choices you make matter

Credits: Lionsgate

When Michael chose to take the money out of desperation, he made that choice without knowing the gravity of where his choices would lead him. Sadly, it led to the death of one of his friends and put his family in danger. Would he have made the same choice if he were to know that these things are on the line? Probably not. Michael was outplayed by Joanna to do her bidding, and for that he paid the price.

But in the end, did Joanna really get the last laugh? You’ll have to watch it to find out.


Every cloud has a silver lining

Credits: Lionsgate

There is always a rainbow after the rain, and this film plays on the well-loved ending. Michael thought that he lost everything as there seemed to be no way out of this hideous life-threatening mess that he has gotten himself into. It’s the tough choice between his family or Prynne.

He chose the lives of both and as cheesy as it may sound, Prynne stood up for him in the end with the rest of the commuters. Michael rose from mundane commuter to hero of the day because the choices he made did matter.


Film had greater potential, but entertaining nonetheless

All in all, I personally wish that the script was pushed further, especially since they have an amazing cast for the movie. However, it was still pretty entertaining and for that The Commuter earns 7/10 from Carrybeans.

So, the next time someone asks how life is, you might want take a moment to be thankful and hope you don’t end up in the same situation as Michael did!


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