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Commuter, The

Director:  Jaume Collet-Serra
Year Released:  2018
Rating:  2.0

Former NYPD cop-turned-insurance guy MacCauley (Liam Neeson) gets let go from his place of employment ... and on the commuter train taking him back home, he receives a peculiar proposal from a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) to find a person named "Prynne" that's on the very same train and plant a GPS tracker in his/her bag ... and collect $100k in cash. Granted one can overlook the asinine plot (which doesn't make a lick of sense) and the fact that Mr. Neeson, now in his mid-sixties, is a tad too old to be dangling from speeding vehicles, this has a bit of B-level fun, like bad Agatha Christie-gone-digital, as Collet-Serra's camera swirls through the windows of the cabins and Neeson gets into intense fisticuffs with men half his age. The screenwriters toss in some blunt barbs about Goldman Sachs (boo!) and 2008's financial market collapse (as well as corruption in the New York Police), but to call this a political piece would be giving it far too much credit.

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