Popcorn Addict: The Commuter
Taken this is not...
Michael MaCauley (Liam Neeson) is a doting husband and father who commutes to work to NYC daily to his job at an insurance firm. On one regular work day, he is unexpectedly laid off. He's a 60-year-old man, just years away from retirement, has a second mortgage, and a son on his way to Syracuse. The former police officer boards the train home when he encounters a woman named Joanna (Vera Farmiga; Bates Motel) who makes him a very interesting offer to find an informant on the train (with little clues) and subsequently kill that informant.
There isn't much to say about this film. The whole plot was straightforward and very, very, very predictable. The "secret" informant, as well as the masterminds behind the plot, were clear from the beginning of the movie. When opportunities for major twists could have occurred, they didn't. This film didn't add any creative elements beyond that of its predecessors, The Taking of Pelham 123 or Neeson's own Non-Stop. The action scenes were also poorly lit and directed. In one of the final action scenes, it was hard to tell who was shot, stabbed, etc. The final "I am Spartacus" moment was incredibly cheesy to the point I laughed in the theater.
In sum, this film very underwhelming. Given that the Taken films were a combined billion dollar franchise, I was hoping for a lot more from this film. Although the movie was under 2 hours, it dragged and felt much longer. A few minor edits in the script could have made this an incredible mystery thriller. I wouldn't mind more Nesson action films, but quality of quantity is needed.