Liam Neeson’s character Michael MacCauley, who happens to be a retired NYPD
detective, has just been sacked from his job as insurance salesman. On
his way home during his daily commute he’s approached by a mysterious woman
(Vera Farmiga) who tells him that there’s a brown paper bag containing $25
000 hidden in one of the toilets and that he can earn a further $75 000 if
he can identify a passenger known only by the name Prynne.
Needing the money, his son has just been accepted for college and he’s
required to finance his education, he takes on the task but very quickly
finds himself embroiled in a battle of wits with a group of unknown people
who will stop at nothing to make sure that MacCauley finds the mysterious
With plot holes you could drive a train through The Commuter lurches from
one improbable plot line to another. MacCauley finding himself becoming
more battered and bruised after various dices with death turns up to speak
to his fellow passengers and they talk to him as if he’s just visited the
on-board toilet. Gun shots go off, windows are broken but none of his
fellow passengers seem to have any inclination that there’s something
strange going on.
The Commuter might never win any awards but it’s an action pact ride that,
even despite a plot that’s got more holes than a tea strainer, has enough
thrills and spills to keep Liam Neeson fans happy.