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260 Ratings

The Commuter

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
United Kingdom, United States, 2018
Action, Thriller


A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

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The Commuter Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
The film is hobbled by sloppy camera work, ludicrous fight scenes, hairbreadth escapes, and altogether too many suspects.
January 18, 2018
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The film features one inspired set piece after another; Collet-Serra takes great pleasure in moviemaking, and his enjoyment is infectious. That the story is wildly implausible doesn’t detract from the immense satisfaction it has to offer. Rather, the narrative operates under a certain dream logic that’s wholly cinematic, and Collet-Serra delivers it with such emotional conviction that one gets absorbed regardless of the obvious plot holes.
January 16, 2018
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Collet-Serra’s ‘bottle’ movies, where Neeson is trapped in a small location with an Agatha Christie conspiracy to ferret out, show off his formal capabilities and fixations, but not his strengths. . . . So it’s probably a head-banging conundrum for Collet-Serra agnostics why a handful of critics consider his work so irresistible and satisfying. They see the movies he appears to be making, instead of the bone dry parody set in a blue screen netherworld that he’s placed just below the surface.
January 13, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Commuter

    ["The Lady Vanishes" Unbound] Not enough Mike Ehrmantraut/Jonathan Banks to please my Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul inner buff...films in trains always conjure up Hitchcock, Shyamalan, etc. It is a nice entertaining sub-genre but I must say I left the theatre with a sour "this it?" after-taste in my mouth.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Commuter

    Hitchcockian-like hook undone by un-Hitchcockian execution. Collet-Serra's direction never acquires suspense, tension, or even a kineticism in the non-fight based scenes that take up the first hour. The action itself after then is generic and stagnant. Since it's not deftly made, it would've benefitted from bad taste, gratuitous violence. But it pulls its punches and feels safe with its PG-13 rating.

  • Renton47's rating of the film The Commuter

    It is frustratingly hard to see if Neeson and JCS are winking from behind the camera. With their obvious talents why not choose a better script! Or are they parodying the action formula, taking the spectacle to a plane where even my Dad finds it too silly to enjoy. The digital compositions are something else, on a level with Spielberg in RP1, but the setup is too good for where this leads. 2.5

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Commuter

    The title clues you in that this is going to be a more pedestrian affair than Liam Neeson's previous collaborations with Jaume Collet-Serra such as "Non-Stop" and "Run All Night." The script plays out something like Alfred Hitchcock's "Speed," before the third act literally and figuratively jumps the train, and you realize a shouting, gun-toting Liam Neeson is more of a danger to these passengers than the bad guys.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Commuter

    Serra and Neeson go at it again with just about the same result as with their previous outings. The first reel generates interest and promises a whole lot. The second reel is middling and drawn out and nothing really gets your blood pumping. The third reel ups the action but the action is too formulaic and by the numbers. The late plot twist is hardly surprising and does not give us the thrill that is intended.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film The Commuter

    The Commuter is a Hitchcock-esque thriller that is nuanced and thoughtful as well as being extremely entertaining and cathartic; touching upon corporate conspiracy and societal corruption as well as the negative aspects of our capitalist economy. The Commuter is a great thriller and a great train film (up there with Unstoppable and Runaway Train) and the best of the Liam Neeson & Collet action films.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Commuter

    The freewheelingly psychotic THE COMMUTER (literally psychosis-like), like its predecessor NON-STOP, could I suppose be taken to task for being so utterly ridiculous, but it is precisely the destabilizing fact that everywhere you look logic is caving in on itself which makes the enterprise a kind of mass-market surrealism you must surrender to. And can anybody deny that Collet-Serra possesses formidable craft?

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film The Commuter

    You know what you're getting with a Liam Neeson film: a solid action thriller with gripping sequences. Post-Taken, there was 'Non-Stop' and 'Unknown' which ticked the genre box with enough enigma and intrigue to keep the film going. Neeson is always an engaging lead and he doesn't disappoint once again. The reason for two stars is that 'The Commuter' completely conforms - competent and unsurprising.

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