Liam Neeson says the gender pay gap is 'f---ing disgraceful'

Liam Neeson says the gender pay gap is 'f---ing disgraceful'

Collet-Serra is able to get the most out of Michael moving between train compartments just as he was able to get surprisingly mileage out of Liam-Neeson-Stuck-on-a-Plane in Non-Stop. This is basically just Liam Neeson telling you to turn right, turn left, or make a U-turn.

How bad is this thing?

However, for more than half the movie - the latest collaboration between Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown", "Non-Stop" and "Run All Night") - we are given a fun little puzzler to solve along with Neeson's character. And rarely has breakaway glass been so obviously ... well, breakaway glass.

What's most tiresome about The Commuter isn't actually how derivative and familiar it is. He doesn't mess with sci-fi stuff, or anything involving fantastical elements - he leaves that kind of thing to Tom Cruise - his action films have been grounded in the day-to-day, which makes this, er, vehicle more or less in flawless keeping with his branding: Michael (Neeson), a long retired ex-cop turned insurance agent, on the day he is laid off, gets propositioned to make $100K by a stranger who calls herself Joanna (Vera Farmiga) on his regular commuter train just to identify a mysterious passenger on the train and insert a Global Positioning System responder in that passenger's bag. The pace is such that you might not take much notice of this as the movie barrels toward its climax, and Neeson's presence is so commanding that he nearly single-handedly makes up for all the shortcomings.

It's not the worst way to waste a couple of hours on a chilly January afternoon, but The Commuter is easily the least of Neeson and Collet-Serra's quartet of potboilers.

And then one evening, it all unravels. Tt's life or death, not only for him, but the rest of the passengers.

Many ridiculous things happen on the train. It's wonderful how many shots are fired and how much brutality takes place before the passengers just a auto or two away become aware of Michael's Very Rough Day. He has just committed to the job: finding a passenger and placing a Global Positioning System device on him or her that will allow Joanna's associates to track the mark.

The train is filled with stereotypes and caricatures, from the wisecracking, would-be womanizer of a young conductor to the nervous nurse to the jerky Wall Street guy to the student with a nose ring and pink hair to the old-timer named Walt contemplating retirement to the suspicious-looking meathead Michael has never seen on the train before. Although the plot drags itself down, Collet-Serra largely keeps the pace of the film up, but his attempts at making the material visually interesting-a long extended shot down the entire length of the train, an extended, seemingly one-take fight sequence-only end up showing the seams where CG is being employed in what should nominally be a gritty and non-enhanced narrative. Any one of them could be the mysterious person Michael has been tasked with finding; any one of them could be working with Joanna and looking to kill Michael.

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