It has been a couple of days since I saw the latest Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter that was just released in theatres this past Friday. It took me a bit to really think about if this movie is good or not. We have seen him tackle haunted houses, the great outdoors, foreign countries a few times, the urban city, and even an airplane. Next on his list is a train in the effort to, say it with me, “to save or get back to his family.”
Be careful who you talk to on the way home. picture via collider.com
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Run All Night), Neeson plays a business man who is down on his luck financially and is given an opportunity to make some quick cash but gets tangled in a criminal conspiracy while riding his regular commute home by train. Joining him are your favorite paranormal huntas from another motha from The Conjuring movies Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
I notice that this thriller has a mixture of a lot of plot points I have seen in other movies. This whodunit gives me a vibe of Murder on the Orient Express, with a little bit of Source Code put in there. Don’t worry; this movie doesn’t involve time travel, for anyone who has seen the latter. Both movies however gave you a sense of mystery and something for the audience to solve with the lead which for those of you who like guessing the outcome before it happens gives you something to do while watching The Commuter.
That moment when you feel guilty for laughing at a time that should be a sad or real moment. There were a lot of those moments in this hardcore and raw drama set in Ebbing Missouri. I had to look it up on imdb.com if this was under the category of a comedy. Believe it or not, it is considered a comedy, crime, and drama. That relief I felt finding that it was okay to laugh when I shouldn’t, was great. If any of you decide to go see this movie in theatres, for any reason than award considerations, you are in for a mixed emotion thrill ride with a A+ cast as you guide.
picture via athenacinema.com
The amazing Frances McDormand takes us on an emotional journey into the life of tough as nails Mildred Hayes who is having a tough time handling the death of her teenage daughter who was murdered by an unknown criminal. The case unfortunately was never solved which doesn’t give her any closer. I mentioned earlier that Mildred is tough as nails so she decides to challenge the local police and put a fire under their asses to solve the case after time has passed by posting a blunt, straight to the point, and to some graphic message on three distinctive billboards close to her home, to the chief of the town and lead on the case Chief Willoughby, played by the brilliant Woody Harrelson. This starts a spiraling reaction to not only the police but the whole town of Ebbing with people who agree and disagree with her tactics to obtain justice.
Now when I say, “original ideas” I mean a movie that isn’t a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation. Logan Lucky is a heist movie and a funny one at that. Even though the movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean Eleven Trilogy) who is no stranger to making heist movies provided a fresh take on the type of movie which is also different from what he is use to from his previous heist films. I also love the fact that the tagline of this film speaks more on the history of his filmmaking vs. the movie itself which reads, “See how the other half steals”.
That is exactly what you are going to get. The film involves two brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan who are both “ride or die” for one another who decides that they want to pull a job during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Instead of the highly skilled members of Ocean’s team we are used to seeing from Soderbergh, we see the two brothers along with a mismatch crew making this journey not something to miss.
Katherine Bigelow brings the true events of the 1967 Detroit riots to the screen and tells the story about the monstrous and terrible act that took place at the Algiers Motel. Whether you know or not what happened during this horrible time in history, Bigelow shows the seriousness and disadvantage black people had during that time and place. It is intense to see the riots escalate and also difficult to witness on screen the point of no return that will probably stick with me for a long time.
Suspense! action! comedy! An accountant gave me all of that and more.
If an accountant tells you that his or her job is boring or not exciting, I wouldn’t believe them after seeing this film. So, I actually didn’t want to see this movie. At least not right away. It wasn’t a movie that I wanted to see right away. Watching the trailer I wasn’t too intrigued that I had to see it right away. Eventually I broke down and decided to see it. I mean, the cast alone is worth a look. I am glad that I decided to go. What a great film The Accountant turned out to be.