Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Quick movie recommendation: The Commuter

Last night I watched The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson. Wow, what a fun movie.

In The Commuter, Liam Neeson plays Michael MacCauley, a down-on-his-luck ex-cop who has just been fired from his job as a life insurance salesperson. 

The film is set in New York City. MacCauley is approached on the evening train by a mysterious fortysomething woman, Joanna (Vera Farmiga). 

After a bit of conversational jousting, Joanna presents MacCauley with a proposition: Use your ex-cop skills to locate someone on the train "who does not belong". 

The payment for completing the task: $100,000. The woman informs MacCauley that a $25,000 down payment is hidden in one of the train's restroom compartments. 

MacCauley effectively commits himself when he retrieves the $25,000. That's when the real fun begins.

MacCauley quickly discovers that Joanna is the face of a nefarious conspiracy. The person whom MacCauley has been charged with finding will be murdered. If MacCauley fails to complete his mission, the network behind Joanna will kill MacCauley's wife and son. 

The Commuter reminded me of the old Alfred Hitchcock films like Rear Window and North by Northwest, in which there is an air of unreality, and no one is quite what they seem to be. 

The movie is a near perfect blend of mystery and action. The action scenes are well choreographed. The final climatic action scene will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Speaking of Hitchcock: The Commuter is a film that Hitchcock would love, were he still alive today.

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