Movie Review – The Commuter

It’s funny. I did really enjoy this movie while watching it, and felt entertained immediately afterwards. But by the time I got home, the good stuff was already fading, and I was left with a lot of improbable plotting and the endless image of Liam Neeson walking up and down train cars, having uninteresting and random conversations with people. There’s no character development, and the jeopardy is so completely unlikely. In *Speed* for example, which this film tries to be but isn’t, it makes sense in-story for the bomber to know everything Keanu Reeves does. (The bomber is watching everything on camera.) Here, we never actually understand the Phone Woman’s magical powers — it’s never addressed. And how exactly is she caught? I must have missed the work done to find her.

So, pop quiz, Hotshot: is this *Speed* wannabe movie also trying to piggyback off *Murder on the Orient Express*? The mystery is so lackluster that I’m a little lost. Even the big action set-pieces sort of lagged.

Honestly, I liked this at the theater, before I sat and thought about it too much. At least Qui-Gon-Jin still has a great voice and calm demeanor, but I think it’s time for him to stop being an action hero. It’s not his age, but the lack of intensity. Neeson isn’t the best choice for an action hero, even in B movies.

Movie Grade: C+

Movie Review – Murder on the Orient Express

The beauty of this movie lies in the scenery and videography; definitely not in the story.

I went in as one of those people who had heard of the story, but never read the book, nor watched any of the previous versions. I didn’t care for the investigation, the characters, or especially the outcome. The only thing that I did find mildly interesting is the commentary on how best to serve justice.

I saw the movie on a huge IMAX screen, and it was worth it. Even though almost all of the exterior shots are CGI it was beautifully done. Not as beautiful as something like *Life of Pi*, but picturesque nevertheless.

I can’t imagine how anyone would want to see this movie if they knew going in *who did it.* I certainly wouldn’t. But if you’re a fan of the story, then sure, give it a watch on the big screen. Otherwise, wait for the DVD.

Movie Grade – C