Movie Review #5943 THE COMMUTER.
Everybody's favourite Irish actor Liam Needon is main dude in this killer thriller set on a New York commuter train.
The special set of skills guy is Michael MacCaughley, an ex-cop come insurance salesman who when traveling home one evening after an eventful day at the office is approached by a mystery woman and asked to complete one little task. Of course this one little task involves murder, blackmail, kidnapping, lotsa skullduggery and intrigue and leads our man down dead end after dead end before all is revealed and the bad guys exposed.
Starts out a little tedious as the mystery is established and we wince a bit as the frustration levels build for our guy however once it all gets rolling we settle into a nice little thriller that keeps the edges of our seats well shuffled upon. Liam gets his head smacked about quite a bit and for an ex-cop he doesn't win many of his altercations yet he plugs on, desperate to get to the bottom of it all.
Femme fatale is Vera Farmiga, lately Norma Bates of Bates Motel and veteran side guy Jonathan Banks shows up as a mate who unfortunately winds up head butting a bus.
Lively showing from Mr Neeson and certainly one of the better thrillers of late despite the slow start. 8/10.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.