THE COMMUTER (2018)

THE COMMUTER

A film by Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Like every day after work, Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) takes the suburban train back home. But today, his daily journey will take a different turn. After receiving a call from a mysterious stranger, he is forced to identify a passenger hidden on the train before the last stop. As he struggles against the clock to solve this riddle, he finds himself caught in a spiral conspiracy . A conspiracy that becomes a matter of life and death, for him and for all other passengers.

If you have guessed it by now just by reading the introduction above this film is coming across Agatha Christy and Alfred Hitchcock. Michael MacCauley, is a 60-year-old ex-cop turned insurance salesman who works in midtown Manhattan. His boss tells him that he’s being let go. But he has trouble to tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), when he gets a call from her. After drinking with his buddy a cop from the force, Michael goes home and does on the train but gets his phone stolen by a pickpocket. Then meets a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) who tells him he has to locate a certain passenger on the commuter train before it arrives at its final stop. If he takes the money which it is located  this means that he accept. After thinking about it Michael takes the money.

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This is one of those moral equation  that really only generates suspense but there it seems that it looses it effect due to lack of imagination to me the music was the same always and it is a bit predictable. It seems to me that I already saw this film I am not saying it is not good it is entertaining with spectacular stunts. It is clear that for Collet-sierra his biggest influence is Alfred Hitchcock and in his previous films it shows, but here he almost missed it. The movie never gets close to generating the political framework it would have needed to to be taken seriously, but there are no scene more extravagant as in this film so that makes up for that well sort of. All I am saying don’t rush to the movie theatre to see this one.

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A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES (2014)

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

A film by Scott Frank

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour

It is 1991 a drunk cop saves the day sort of he is marked with this brutal incident for life. Now it is 1999 and a much sober cop named Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) is sitting at his favorite diner drinking coffee and waiting for his meal. A young man comes in a talks to him about his brother who needs help. Since Matt is a private detective (Unlicensed) he does favor for people and they give him gift. The young man’s brother had a wife who has been kidnapped and murdered after the fact that He gave them the money. He wants Matt to find her killers.

Here is finally a hard-boiled detective story finally from the novel of Lawrence Block. I have in my collection a bunch of detective story form the 30’s 40’s and once in the while I rewatch one of them. I could wait to see this one and it finally is here today. This is a strange kidnap murder case scenario. The tension is build up and keeps moving while characters are developing. Scudder is a tough, intelligent detective who does research on cases and ask the right questions, he does not use a cell phone nor computer. He does his research the old fashion way, which brings me to the kid that Matt meets at the library played by Brian Bradley who is kind of his side kicks a Sam spade want a be. The movie moves along nicely and if you have been waiting for a detective story you have found one.

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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

 

CLOE (2009)

 

A film by Atom Egoyan.
Cast: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson.
There was a film called Natalie By Anne Fontaine, Erin Cressida Wilson rewrote the story and made it more erotic. Nothing wrong with that. It works well when it is well written.
Looking down from her office window, she sees a young woman who has the manner and routine of a high-priced call girl. This she stores in her memory. Her husband calls her and says that he missed his flight, he will catch the next one in 2 hours Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore) has some suspicion that her husband is having an affair. Later on she finds out on his cell phone a message from a young girl and a picture of her beside him that confirm he is having an affair. She hires this call girl (the one she stored in her memory) to have her flirt with her husband to see what he will do.”Chloe” centers on a powerfully erotic young woman with personal motives that are hidden. Early in the film, talking with a patient uncertain about her sex life, Catherine explains that an orgasm is a simple muscular contraction, quite natural, nothing to be frightened of or made mysterious. Chloe tells her about entering a cafe, boldly asking David if she can take the sugar from his table and returning to her own. David understands that Chloe is not interested in sugar. Chloe is skilled in what she does. She goes on to tell Catherine that her husband came on to her and that she masturbated him in a park. Chloe uses her intelligence to be in tune with her client and she knows how to provide to the client. Now she describes details to Catherine that do a great deal more than provoke a wife’s jealousy about her husband. They provoke an erotic curiosity about him. Chloe is perhaps 25 years younger than Catherine, but in many ways wiser and more experienced. She is very clear of what she wants. Moore, that consummate actress, undergoes a change she only believes is under her control. That is all I am going to say about this film see it and discuss it with your friends.