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Ladies and gentlemen, it's once again Liam Neeson season at the box office! This year, he's racing the clock to save his family from a shadowy evil in his latest collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, The Commuter. With Neeson's Michael MacCauley making his way through a rush hour train's worth of suspects and would-be assailants, it looks like the action hero's particular set of skills haven't lost their luster. Considering Liam Neeson was at one point ready to hang up his fists of fury, before gloriously reconsidering the decision, this news couldn't come at a better time.
But, of course, with each new Liam-Neeson-kicks-ass-to-victory film, there's the thought of how this film fits into the canon. After all, it's been almost 10 years since the well-respected actor created this genre with the exceedingly memorable Taken, and by now he's taken the show on the road, through various stops in Europe, in the air, and now on the rails. If you read our review, you'll get the opinion that while The Commuter isn't the worst film in the line of Liam Neeson's rampage genre, it unfortunately doesn't hit the heights that Taken brought things to the first time out.
Still, that's not to say people don't like Liam Neeson ass-kickings, and there's going to be quite a few people that board The Commuter this weekend. Which means that there will be some questions in the minds of moviegoers everywhere, or at least we'd like to think there will be, as there's still some interesting stuff to discuss in the context of the film. That being said, once you've seen The Commuter, feel free to weigh in on the following post-discussion questions in our comments section, below:
At what point did you figure out that Patrick Wilson was the dirty cop?
Do you think there were too many red herrings to keep the plot of The Commuter straight?
Is The Commuter a decent start to what could be an exciting franchise?
Are you glad Liam Neeson isn't planning to truly retire from action any time soon?
Which Neeson / Collet-Serra collaboration is your favorite: Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, or The Commuter?
Another fun exercise with a film that bills itself as such a taut mystery, such as The Commuter, is to go back to the trailer and see if the film left a proper trail of breadcrumbs to figure out its overall narrative. Take another look at the film's trailer, and tell us if you think it properly sets up the film, or maybe if you would have handled things differently while selling the film.
Last, but not least, feel free to rate The Commuter on the traditional 5-point scale below, providing comments as to why you voted the way you did below.
The Commuter is in theaters now, and the comments below are yours for the submitting. Whether you end up loving, tolerating, or even loathing The Commuter, it can at least be agreed upon that Liam Neeson is a pretty excellent actor. If you're a fan, and want to see more of the man in action, you might get your chance later this year. We say this because there's another Liam Neeson ass-kicking coming our way in the year to come, with his remake of the Swedish dark comedy In Order of Disappearance, called Hard Powder, also being listed as coming to theaters this year. Here's the full list of movies coming to theaters soon.