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(Mindless action movie)
Liam Neeson is back as the aging, ordinary man who finds himself in an extraordinary situation and becomes a hero.
Michael has just turned 60. He has taken the commuter train into New York City every workday for the past 10 years, where he works selling life insurance. He is called into the boss's office and told to clear his desk, turn in his keys, and accept a modest severance package.
He stops for a couple of beers, where he tells an old friend his woes. A woman sits across from him on the train and asks him a hypothetical question, which carries a reward of $100,000 if he agrees to carry out what appears to be a simple task.
Poor Michael finds himself in the middle of a do-or-die situation with a number of twists and turns and red herrings along the route to Cold Spring. He has to find a person with a bag containing an object of grave importance before the train reaches its destination.
People are murdered; Michael is involved in two brutal fights. For a 60-year-old insurance man, he fares quite well, but he's a former cop so that supposedly makes him able to take a beating.
Who is the mysterious person and what is that person's secret?
There are clues along the way that he and the audience are sure to miss, right down to a colossal train wreck, hostages being taken, people killed, and Michael ending up as the prime subject. The extraordinary chain of events are so unbelievable that you have to sit back and go with the flow.
"The Commuter" is as out of control as the train, but it will entertain in a mindless way as pure escapism.
Rated PG-13, with profanity and violence.