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Film ● Mini-Review: The Commuter

Title: The Commuter

Director(s): Jaume Collet-Serra

Screenwriter(s): Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi & Ryan Engle

Released: 2018

Runtime: 1h 44m


The Commuter

● It’s not Taken the Whole Train nor is it meant to be, but I include it here because it stars Liam Neeson whose character is forced to act alone. He plays insurance salesman and ex-cop Michael MacCauley. One day, on the train ride home, a woman he has not met before approaches him offering large amounts of cash for doing a job which she only vaguely describes.


● It is not intended to be a shoot ’em up but rather a mystery-thriller. Neither MacCauley nor the audience knows what exactly is going on. Initially, it is not quite surreal but still a little trippy, thus drawing the audience in.


● It gets to the point where the ending becomes predictable. This kind of premise is admittedly difficult to handle because the narrative needs to move beyond the train to avoid becoming stale but doing so relieves too much tension and gives too much away.



This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.

 

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