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Neeson back in action in the well-built suspense ‘The Commuter’

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, January 5, 2018  /  04:27 pm

Liam Neeson is back in his fourth collaboration with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra.

The Commuter tells the story of family man who gets trapped in a conspiracy that puts the lives of his wife and son on the line. Neeson plays 60-year-old insurance salesman Michael MacCauley, who appears to be living the perfect life with his wife, Karen (Elizabeth McGovern), and son, Danny (Dean-Charles Chapman). MacCauley is also a regular user of commuter trains.  

Patrick Wilson as Alex Murphy in 'The Commuter'.Patrick Wilson as Alex Murphy in 'The Commuter'. ( Lionsgate/Jay Maidment)

As MacCauley is trying to pay off his debt and his son’s college tuition, he is suddenly fired from his job despite having only a few years left before retirement. His close friend, Alex Murphy (Patrick Wilson), is willing to help, but MacCauley seems reluctant to accept it.

Read also: Liam Neeson backtracks on retirement from action flicks

On his way home, MacCauley meets a mysterious lady named Joanna (Vera Farmiga), who offers him a “mission” to find a person who “does not belong on the train” with a large amount of money as a reward. However, the mission is not an easy one as the train is packed with passengers and MacCauley has a limited amount of time before the train stops at a particular station. The mission also turns out to be a dangerous one as Joanna threatens his family’s safety and MacCauley is trapped in an unimaginable criminal conspiracy.

Vera Farmiga stars as the mysterious woman named Joanna in 'The Commuter'.Vera Farmiga stars as the mysterious woman named Joanna in 'The Commuter'. (

Neeson had announced his retirement from action flicks in September, but later took back the statement.

As always, the Northern Ireland actor gives a strong, convincing performance as MacCauley, whose life is turned upside down. The same praise goes to The Conjuring ( 2013 ) stars Farmiga and Wilson, who are able to stir up audiences’ emotions. (kes)