The Commuter

Liam Neeson is… The Commuter, starring in his self-titled, totally solid addition to the catalog of Neeson vehicles directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (UNKNOWN, NON-STOP, RUN ALL NIGHT). Written by previously unknown Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, this is a gimmicky suspense thriller taking place almost entirely in the limited location of a New York City commuter train, but it manages to also mix in a couple of impressive action exclamation points, not to mention the director’s endlessly playful computer-assisted camera show-offery.

The Commuter is Michael McCauley, an ex-cop who is suddenly fired from his current job at an insurance company, and then finds himself under siege in dark territory on the ride home. It’s the train he’s been riding for ten years, and most of the passengers know him by name, make small talk with him and ask about his wife (Elizabeth McGovern, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, CLASH OF THE TITANS) and kid (Dean-Charles Chapman, Game of Thrones). The usual sameness of his mornings is cleverly illustrated in an opening scene that shows him getting up, having breakfast, talking to the family and getting dropped off at the train, jaggedly cutting between seasons, emotions and conversations to show the passage of time without interrupting the flow of the daily routine.

He’s had a few hours at the bar with an old buddy (Patrick Wilson, AQUAMAN, as a non-robo-cop for some reason named Alex Murphy) and somehow is calm enough about his abrupt life change and dire financial situation to sit and read a book, but some lady (Vera Farmiga, star of my favorite Collet-Serra joint, ORPHAN) rudely sits down by him and starts talking him up. She presents to him a hypothetical situation about what he would do if offered a large sum of money to do a task, and before you know it wait a minute there really is some cash hidden in the bathroom, this isn’t hypothetical is it, lady? Oh shit. He’s now being told to find a vaguely described mystery person on the train, and in case the money’s not enough to force his hand they also threaten his family and make a scary demonstration of how serious and powerful they are. They seem to have eyes and people everywhere.

So there are many layers of suspense. There’s the mystery of which passenger they’re looking for, and how McCauley can find them. There’s also the question of what the people who put him up to this are trying to accomplish, and whether he can live with himself if he does their let’s-face-it-it’s-gotta-be-something-sinister bidding. But just like Peter Cushing’s banker character in CASH ON DEMAND he has his family to think about, so he does what they say. He uses his old detective and problem-solving skills to try to puzzle it out, snooping around the train looking at people’s tickets, starting conversations, asking questions. He does everything from falsely accuse somebody of having a bomb to sabotage the air conditioning to force everybody into the same car to find and hide a dead body. His behavior seems crazier the more he has to try and the more desperate he gets, to the point where he’s reported as suspicious and has to hide under the train while police search it. Which is just not something anybody wants to deal with during a commute even if it’s not a shitty day where they’ve been fired and their family has been taken hostage.

Obviously this is an over-complicated conspiracy. Seems like people with so much power could figure out a simpler way to cover up whatever nefarious deed they’re mixed up in. And McCauley’s relationships with the other commuters, as well as their character types (grizzled working class buddy [Jonathan Banks, CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES], angsty nose ring teen [Florence Pugh, OUTLAW KING], ex-Goldman Sachs American Psycho [Shazad Latif, THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL]) are completely contrived. Also there’s a twist that I bet you, like me, will both see coming and guess how it will be revealed. But these things are all forgivable.

For the most part this seems like a digital age popcorn movie take on a Hitchcock or DePalma or at least Larry Cohen type of high concept thriller. But there are two specific scenes where they seem to think “This is a Liam Neeson movie, we better have an action part here,” and I appreciate the gesture. Sort of out of the blue there’s a big CG train derailment disaster, like one of the more far-fetched FX-based stunts in the DIE HARD sequels. It feels less like a climax they’ve been building toward than a little thank you for your patience.

My favorite action part though is a fight scene that’s done up as if in one take. It doesn’t have the highwire feel of an actual long take – instead it seems to be a series of carefully orchestrated and pieced together stunts and gimmick camera moves. At one point his head is smashed through a window and the camera follows him outside of and then back inside the train. (Fight choreographer: Roy Taylor. Director of photography: Paul Cameron [SWORDFISH].)

By the way, this is the rare movie where Neeson is specified as being from Ireland, even though it’s not important to the plot. Usually he follows the Schwarzenegger precedent. Also of note, there’s a minor character on a skateboard played by Letitia Wright, who the month after this had a much more memorable role as BLACK PANTHER‘s genius sister Shuri. This is in the tradition of her co-star in that movie, Lupita Nyong’o, playing a flight attendant in Neeson/Collet-Serra’s NON-STOP which was released between 12 YEARS A SLAVE coming out and getting her an Oscar.

This is not some transcendent classic, but it’s a studio mid-level genre movie that happily delivers the exact type of silly bullshit we need. It’s got your complex conspiracy, your corruption, and your honorable family man who is smart and tough and, along with a cross-section of New York City workers, stands up bravely for what’s right. Plus there are explosions and punching and he goes flying through the air at one point. THE COMMUTER arrives right on schedule

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56 Responses to “The Commuter”

  1. I thought the most unbelievable part of this one was the idea that people would know anything personal about each other after taking the same commute to work all the time. I’ve ridden the same bus to work for 6 years and I couldn’t tell you anything about any of the other passengers (though I guess I do at least know them by sight). Maybe that’s just me being an anti-social asshole.

    Anyway, I actually kinda liked this one. Like Vern said, it felt like a low-wattage De Palma piece. Kinda reminded me of Snake Eyes, specifically, but with Liam Neeson instead of Nic Cage, and a little bit less fun that that might imply, though I’m not sure the twist (if you can really even call it that?) could be signposted any harder.

    Also, always fun to have Doctor Alan Grant turn up in your movie, even if only for a little bit.

  2. I used this with my MoviePass. I think this was the best “sure, I have Moviepass, why not?” movie I saw

  3. Wow, that 90s action movie poster is, at the same time, representative of one specific scene in this movie AND not representative of this particular movie at all. They even went with helicopters. That woman who filed a lawsuit over DRIVE is going to lose her mind when she sees this one.

  4. This actually turned out to be my favorite Collet-Serra/Liam Neeson collaboration. It’s really reminiscent of Non-Stop, but I have a theory that trains are the most cinematic of all modes of transportation. So that gives this one the edge. Sorry, airplanes.

  5. Really enjoyed this one but for me NON-STOP is the best Collet-Serra/Neeson vehicle.

  6. Like all the Neeson/Collet-Serra joints except maybe UNKNOWN, I enjoyed this in the moment and promptly forgot every single thing about it. These two make clever contraptions, not involving stories, but that’s okay. You revisit them a few years later and it’s like watching them for the first time.

    I do remember thinking it’s kind of funny that Vera Farmiga played basically the same lady-who-gives-inexplicable-person-locating-assignment-to-bewildered-guy-on-train role in SOURCE CODE. That is some really specific typecasting right there.

  7. I did ask collet-Serra about naming a character after robocop. He said he did it so that I would ask that question. But really it was in the script and he knew people like me would recognize the name but it didn’t bother him enough to change it.

  8. Thank you for asking that question and getting that answer!

  9. Why did the poster need to point out Liam Neeson is the star of Taken?

  10. I guess it’s because they’re marketing the movie to fans of TAKEN and not fans of, say, ROB ROY. It does seem a little redundant when someone is as famous as Neeson is, though. It’s like calling George Washington “that guy from the dollar bill.” It’s not inaccurate but it’s a bit reductive.

  11. That’s what I’m saying. By this point there had already been like 3 Taken’s before this came out and all those other movies that did well. He’s a house hold name. It’s just weird.

  12. That reminds me that not too long ago I came across an article that seriously asked “Did you know that action star Liam Neeson also has some serious dramatic action chops?” followed by naming SCHINDLER’S LIST and Co as if he was some guy just got his first big break in Hollywood after doing only off-Broadway shows and no-budget indie dramas that were only shown once at small festivals. And that wasn’t even some Buzzfeed shit for 13 year old OMGLOL kiddies, it was a “serious” news website!

  13. *dramatic acTING chops

  14. Better article would be, ‘Did you know action star Liam Neeson was in DARKMAN and it’s f***ing awesome!?’

    But geez hearing about that article is kinda disheartening that it’s not a Buzzfeed or it’s ilk one…

  15. This is a perfectly serviceable thriller – not offensive or boring, but also entirely predictable (that “twist” can be figured out from taking one look at the cast). I see Collet-Sera’s next movie is Jungle Cruise with The Rock, which is interesting because i think they’re both on pretty similar paths – I probably “like” almost all of Collet-Sera’s movies and I “like” almost every Rock movie I’ve seen, but I also kinda forget about them almost immediately. They’re not mediocre or bad, mind you – there’s clearly worse directors and stars out there, but I guess I just want these two to hit one out of the park eventually instead of consistently delivering solid singles if that makes any sense.

  16. Having commuted for the last 26 years I’m happy to see a movie that takes this way of life seriously. On the other hand I’ve slept each way for the same number of years and would probably not even notice if someone started running up and down the isle.

  17. Speaking of Liam Neeson, he probably just fucked his career because, especially in 2019, never admit you ever thought anything racist ever.


  18. I mean… it’s a shocking specific thing to admit. I’m holding out hope that the part about asking the rapist’s race was not how it actually went down and only awkwardness from him not having ever told the story before and trying to remember it.

  19. Somebody brought up a great point on twitter. Liam Neeson only admitted to thinking about committing a hate crime, Mark Wahlberg actually committed a hate crime but one career is over and the other never had to deal with any of this. It’s a weird thing.

  20. If a person is condemned for admitting a bad thought and publicly wrestling with one’s own misgivings as part of an effort to be candid and introspective, that is a sad day. The message it sends is this: Good behavior isn’t enough, even your thoughts and feelings must align with the current state of our norms. Spoilers: we have dark, embarrassing, and anti-social thoughts and feelings, often with limited control of the things that spring to mind.

    Heaven forbid that someone should honestly admit a dark urge or knee-jerk tendency. Let’s all stuff that material down back in a dark box and let fear-driven self-censorship or self-delusion carry the day in a self-perpetuating Orwellian feedback loop where we only think pretty thoughts and demonize those who admit otherwise. Sounds healthy.

  21. Yes, anyone who says they’ve never had a single prejudiced thought rattle around in their head is a liar.

    We really are getting into 1984 “thought crime” territory in the present day, it’s fucking creepy.

    Liam Neeson realized he was thinking irrationally in a moment of anger and calmed down, he did exactly what he was supposed to, there’s nothing to be outraged over here.

  22. Yeah, it’s clear to me that Neeson was trying to illustrate his own experience of irrational rage and the thirst for vengeance in the context of discussing his new movie – a revenge thriller.

    He was trying to explain that when something horrific happens to our loved ones it can spur us to do crazy, horrible, irrational things.

    It was incredibly naive and foolish to go into so much specfic detail in the interview though, as I am certain that the movie will undoubtably suffer because of this.

  23. “the movie will undoubtably suffer because of this”

    I doubt it. Seems to me like another non-scandal, where just a specific online bubble is super outraged, but the rest of the world won’t hear about it. It’s not even a topic in Germany yet and our standard celebrity news headline these days is “Shitstorm against celebrity”, although that usually just means some people on Instagram think that Heidi Klum lost too much weight or whatever.

  24. While I do generally agree that Neeson’s confession is being mischaracterized, I mean… he did say that he spent a week walking around planning to murder a random person because of their race. I feel like you’re all playing that down. It’s not just “he had a prejudiced thought.” Surely we can find a place to land that’s between “condemn the man for life” and “hey man, what’s the big deal?”

  25. This reminds me of the bit Neeson did for LIFE’S TOO SHORT, where he parodies himself wanting to do stand up, and does a really offensive and unfunny bit about having aids.

  26. Oh, I think we all agree that this is a horrible and shocking confession, but in these times, I think we take a guy who wanted to do something horrible out of an emotionally overwhelming situation as a young man, but then didn’t do it and took the lesson from it that hate and revenge can lead to dark places and that he feels ashamed about it and has grown a lot since then, over, well, everybody else on the news today.

  27. I think they call this “oversharing”.

    If he had left out any reference to race, I doubt anyone would have an issue with it.

    It’s tricky and problematic because he’s said it now and you know that a lot of people are going to have a problem with this.

    It’s that tough situation where people need to consider if they can keep their feelings about something like this separate from their appreciation of someone’s art.

    Of course, it doesn’t help that we live in an age where people are quick to take offense at pretty much anything!

  28. Also I kinda have the feeling that if Neeson would be an actual Neo Nazi, with swastikas tattooed all over his body, who actually DID commit hate crimes for years, maybe even until a few months ago, and he would suddenly say in an interview that he feels bad and ashamed about his past, we would now share his story as inspirational feel-good example of how the essence of a man can change.

  29. And if he does this on, let’s say a cruise ship, this WILL become his next Collet-Serra project.

  30. I’d watch that.

  31. Let those amongst us who hasn’t walked around a city for days carrying a weapon in the hopes of killing a random member of an ethnic minority cast the first stone.

  32. Yeah, it goes past being just a bad thought if you walk the streets for a week with intent to kill. He seems to recognize this was monstrous, but probably shouldn’t use an Independent interview for personal therapy, and miscalculates the current landscape as any place to confess something like that.

  33. A close friend being raped wouldn’t make you be irrationally angry and act a little crazy for a while?

    Ok then.

  34. And also, it’s not to say what he did wasn’t messed up, it was.

    But a terrible tragedy happened to a close friend and it caused him to act crazy for a while until he thankfully came to his senses before he took it too far and someone actually got hurt.

    There’s no issue here.

  35. Have to confess that I shot my mouth off before giving a close read to the part about stalking the streets for a full week. That is pretty extreme, and I agree that it is probably an overshare. I still think the reaction is an exercise in missing the point. I don’t why I expect any different from the cancer that is social media.

  36. I agree that this was forty years ago and that Neeson was trying to say something about the extreme nature of revenge and how deep our darkest impulses go. I’m certainly not going to stop watching Liam Neeson movies over this. But there are two things that sort of bug me about the situation and aftermath.

    First, in Neeson’s apology, he claimed that he wasn’t racist and that his reaction wasn’t racist. He would have done the same thing if the man who raped his friend was Lithuanian or whatever. That’s complete and total bullshit. There is a long history of innocent blacks being killed specifically to protect the virtue of white women. This is a textbook case of vigilante racism. I wish he could just admit that his reaction was born from his racism, say that forty years later he’s a different man, and apologize.

    Second, when white celebrities and politicians say something that’s racist, there’s a chorus of voices either trying to completely dismiss it or immediately or help chart a course for redemption. But when a black man does something that’s considered wrong, like steel, smoke pot, or wear a hoodie, then his life is immediately forfeited. It’s okay that he was shot and because “he was no angel.” It’s such a clear case of white privilege and double standards.

    In the worst case scenario for Liam Neeson, his career is ruined, which will force him to while away his remaining decades enjoying the millions of dollars he already has.

  37. And even if he was gonna go after a Lithuanian it would be racist because he’s saying “I have to go after someone of the same race who did this.” But I think based on the quotes I read from the new interview he did say something about his bigoted neighborhood, acknowledging that he was racist at the time in trying to explain how he got that way. Maybe not directly enough, but I think he understands that.

  38. I know Neeson’s point was he learned the error of his ways, but I can’t help imagining a black person hearing his story. “So I’m supposed to be happy you learned to stop being racist after spending a week looking for black people to beat up?”

    Part of the conversation should be about the systemic racism and preventing thoughts like that from forming. He doesn’t need to be exiled but we should all talk about it.

    Let’s also not forget that post-Weinstein Neeson was also talking about how MeToo has gone too far. I think he was referencing Dustin Hoffman harassing women in theater but I forget the specific reference. So this is strike two.

  39. Yeah, this is a perfect, perfect example of the kind of innate racism which arises from the normalization of whiteness. If a white guy commits a crime, it was just the actions of one bad apple. If a black guy commits a crime, black people committed the crime. It’s worth bringing up something Rbatty mentioned in the GREEN BOOK comments:

    “in Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice, he mentions that white people can go their entire lives without thinking about the fact that they’re white. African-Americans can’t go a day without being reminded that they’re black.”

    No better illustration of that than a young Neeson looking to vent his rage, and just instinctively turning one black man into all black people.

    For the record, it’s hard to blame Neeson specifically for feeling that way in a time and place where very nearly 100% of white people would have outlooks we would consider at the very least unenlightened, if not outright racist, today (I mean, he’s literally describing the plot of the movie DEATH WISH). But the fact that he brought it up today without seeming to realize what he was implying should be a good reminder to people of how far we still have to go. This stuff burrows deep into your brain, and it’d damn hard to spot it until one day you suddenly say something like he did without thinking how strange it is. When that happens, it’s a good time to have this conversation and try and point out how insidious and how deeply-rooted racism is in our society, culture, and brains. I’m fairly sure Neeson doesn’t consider himself racist, but of course that’s what implicit bias does — it shows up not in your rational brain, but in your assumptions, in the way you connect dots without thinking about it. We all do it (and not just white people!) but that’s why we all need to take opportunities like this one to examine ourselves and try and re-write our brains to get that crap out of there. I don’t think Neeson needs to be blacklisted or boycotted, but this is definitely exactly the kind of situation we need to be publicly unpacking, if we’re ever going to deprogram ourselves of this shit.

    Unfortunately, the conversation always seems to wind up focusing on what degree of moral vengeance is required, which just turns everybody defensive and less likely to seriously introspect.

  40. I’m always a bit torn on the forgiveness angle. On the one hand, I really understand why people get upset that we’re so quick and eager to forgive the bigotry of whites when the systems we’ve set up don’t give blacks an inch. At the same time, I think about those truth and reconciliation committees that are focused on getting things out in the open in order to move forward. If there’s no way forward for public officials to make amends, then there’s no incentive to really come to terms with the kinds of racism we’ve been exposed to all our lives.

  41. My issue is the very dualistic, extreme, polarized talk. There is no tenable middle ground one can stake out between crossing over to the mob and piling on to condemn Liam Neeson (“Liam Neeson is cancelled!!!”) or being told that you are just another clueless privileged white person speaking from your privilege and condoning bigotry. Liam Neeson is Frankenstein, and you either grab a torch and fall in line or else you find yourself caught between him and the torch, rhetorically. Or it’s like CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Are you #teamwoke or #teamwhitesplaining, pick a side, etc. It’s a rigged dialogue — or, rather, shouting-past-each-other match — that is designed to polarize people, shame them, or cow them into silence. It’s shrill, dualistic, coercive. It’s fighting evil with evil. I can condemn that kind of behavior without “cancelling” Liam Neeson the person. If I’m told that my perspective is illegitimate and shameful unless it aligns with your dualistic foregone conclusion, then there’s really nowhere for us to go but to dig in.

  42. I don’t know if comparing the treatment of a white celebrity like Neeson with that of an ordinary black citizen who commits a crime is necessarily comparing like with like. It would probably be better to compare white celebrities who’ve screwed up with black celebrities who’ve done something similar. That seems a little less cut and dried. Cosby was sent down after the evidence against him became overwhelming, though it took a while, and Kevin Hart is in a similar situation to Neeson in probably having to ride out the Twitter hate storm. But then there are people like R Kelly, who’s been under a cloud of suspicion for decades, Chris Brown, who keeps getting second chances; not to mention the convicted rapist Mike Tyson or confessed sexual assaulter Kobe Bryant, whose crimes are never even mentioned when they pop up on daytime TV. Spacey and Weinstein went down in flames while Polanski, Allen, Depp, etc, somehow wriggled out of it. Gibson’s made it back, it looks like. And so on. It seems a bit more complicated than just a blatant case of white privilege.

    That said, wandering the streets for a week looking for a random black person to kill seems utterly psychotic, even given the circumstances.

  43. I think we can agree people who demand Neeson be cancelled are silly just as people who say “you have to let it go, man” are dismissive.

  44. All I know is there’s gonna be a paragraph about it in my COLD PURSUIT review and then we’ll probly have to debate it again.

  45. The Daily Show on Twitter

    “Some thoughts on Liam Neeson. #BetweenTheScenes https://t.co/V88BWbdYfV”

  46. I still don’t understand the Kevin Hart thing.

  47. Actually, I don’t think I’m in the opinion minority here on the broader landscape of discourse and my unease with it.

    Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture

    Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either.

    I think the issue is that the most shrill, obnoxious, and lazy voices at the fringes look like the majority because its a selection-biased sample of the most loudmouth voices. It’s the social media funhouse mirror of discourse.

    What he did was wrong, what he said was stupid from a PR perspective, and I hope something good comes out of it. If it does, it probably will not be a result of people trading snark, outrage, and defensiveness on twitter.

  48. Why do I have the feeling that “Americans strongly dislike PC culture” is an equally misguided headline like “Liam Neeson admits to planning hate crime”?

  49. The article’s a pretty quick read. I don’t think the headline is strongly misleading. Here’s an excerpt:

    “If you look at what Americans have to say on issues such as immigration, the extent of white privilege, and the prevalence of sexual harassment, the authors argue, seven distinct clusters emerge: progressive activists, traditional liberals, passive liberals, the politically disengaged, moderates, traditional conservatives, and devoted conservatives.

    According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”

    Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

    Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness—and it turns out race isn’t, either.

    Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness. As one 40-year-old American Indian in Oklahoma said in his focus group, according to the report …”

    It’s not BREITBART, it’s the ATLANTIC.

  50. Good news, though. We’ve put Michelle Rodriguez in check for defending Liam Neeson.

    Michelle Rodriguez Has Apologised For Defending Liam Neeson

    "I now realise how insensitive it was, and I had no intention of invoking such a terrible historical comparison."

    I watch this kind of social media policing unfold and gain much better grasp of why Trump appeals to your average undereducated white guy suffering from the economic effects of automation and 40 years of bad Republican/neo-liberal policies. But keep trying to scold and shame the electorate into silence, slacktivists. It’s clearly a very productive strategy when it comes to outcomes that matter.

  51. Sorry, one more, then I promise to end my Sunday morning Vern-storm (I call it “executive time”). That Trevor Noah clip is right on target for my money. That’s exactly the kind of sane, cogent, humane discourse that is so sadly lacking in much of our 24-hour news/social media outrage cycle.

  52. Of course most people aren’t going to say they like “political correctness.” It’s a pejorative term that means vastly different things to whoever it is you talk to. Who is going to say “yes, I like political correctness”? I’m sure a majority would also not say they like “fake news” but would trust the newspaper over the assholes who say “fake news.”

    I think what Michelle Rodriguez said was dumb but the fact that it began with the word “Dude” told me people should’ve given her a little more leeway.

  53. The research discussed in the Atlantic article was not just about the use of a pejorative buzzword, it was about the underlying climate of fear about social or other fallout from saying the wrong thing and about not being signed on for all flavors and grievancee of woke culture. It wasn’t a push poll.

  54. I just dropped Twitter today because it was just exhausting. Everyday I kept learning new ways I’m supposed to do things as a straight white male and they would often be contradictory. Plus the outrage celebrities have over other celebrities because they aren’t 100% perfect progressives was getting annoying. Liberal film Twitter can get bent. Obviously conservative Twitter can fuck off more.

  55. Come on ya’ll. All you gotta do is google Strom Thurmond, the senator from my home state growing up, scroll over to the personal life section then cross-reference it with his political career and you’ll see why people laughed at Michelle’s comments, practically at a loss for what to say besides laughter.

    I do think Liam is getting it hard. Mostly because I don’t think two wrongs make a right and some of the criticism seems tilted toward wanting other iffy calls to be equalized, but I don’t think there’s any denying if Samuel L. Jackson made a similar confessional admission, there’d be lots of outrage. And I still don’t know quite how I feel about it, given how much people want to underplay the murder aspect, let alone the twisted logic behind it, I’m glad Neeson never went full Travis Bickel, but man…

  56. As a liberal film Twitterer I do not wish to get bent, but I respect others’ choice to do so.

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