The Jakarta Post
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'. ( 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.
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'. (twitter.com/TheCommuterFilm/File)
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)