First 2018 Movie Reviews
The Commuter is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson. As far as the plot goes, Neeson plays an average commuter. On his way home one day, a stranger sits across from him and offers him money if he does “one little thing” for her. That is, locate someone on the train for her. Neeson is suspicious, but due to certain circumstances, he decides to go along with this. From there, the movie becomes a mystery full of twists and thrills.
Neeson does a good job here. Despite being 65, he can still kick butt and does a role similar to what he did in other movies like Taken and Non-Stop. The thrills here are good too as there are a couple white-knuckle moments and some suspense. However, the writing is a bit sloppy. It’s hard to understand what’s going on at times, the story itself becomes implausible and over-the-top, and overall, there’s not much that sets this apart from other mystery-thrillers.
In the end, The Commuter is a decent movie. The story is a bit ridiculous and the writing weak, but nethertheless a fun thriller with a good performance from Liam Neeson. I give this a 60%.
12 Strong is directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and stars Chris Hemsworth, Rob Riggle, Michael Pena, Michael Shannon, and William Fichtner among others. The story is about the declassified story of the Horse Soldiers, the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. They hook up with an Afghan rebel group and go to take out the Taliban.
The execution is great here. We learn about these people, their personalities, and throughout the movie, see them evolve. The action scenes are done really well. There are many battle scenes and the camerawork puts you right into the action. It’s exciting and makes you really respect these soldiers. They rode on horseback against tanks and other high-end weapons, not to mention that they were often outnumbered. My only issues with this movie is that the pacing is a little uneven in areas, dialogue was hard to hear at times due to somewhat subpar sound mixing, and in general this movie doesn’t stand out much from other war movies. Mind you though, these are only minor issues.
In the end, 12 Strong is a mostly good war movie with good acting, fantastic action, and a story that makes you really respect these men. I give this 70%.