Liam Neeson is back as the familiar character we all know, the man who's involved in a boatload of action and who has to accomplish a task in order to save his family. He's an everyday Joe who rides the train to work each day from his home in the suburbs. Day after day, after day he has the same routine; until one fateful day when he loses his job selling life insurance.
With two mortgages and a son who is about to enter college a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) approaches him on the train with an interesting proposition. The hypothetical question is would you find the one person on the crowded commuter train who doesn't belong there and in return receive $100 thousand dollars. $25 thousand now, which is hidden in a bathroom on the train, and the rest of the money when the task is completed. When the woman gets off at the next stop and he finds the cash in the men's room the hypothetical scenario suddenly becomes a real task.
We quickly discover that Michael (Liam Neeson) is a former cop and the woman is involved in some type of covert, top secret mission. She has access to the New York City Police and she is able to see the Michael's every move.
The Commuter is a very well written mystery. Right up until Neeson finds the person who he's looking for I never had a clue of who it would be. And the action is stellar. The movie also benefits from strong supporting roles from Vera Farmiga, Johnathan Banks (Breaking Bad), and Sam Neill, who plays the police captain in the movie.
It's an action, adventure mystery that will keep you guessing and will keep you right on the edge of your seat. The movie is a lot of fun and a real thrill ride.
The Commuter is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 44 minutes. Take the trip. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" The Commuter gets a LARGE.