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The Commuter (2018)

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An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

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Jaume Collet-Serra

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Byron Willinger (story by), Philip de Blasi (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Michael MacCauley
Vera Farmiga ... Joanna
Patrick Wilson ... Alex Murphy
Jonathan Banks ... Walt
Sam Neill ... Captain Hawthorne
Elizabeth McGovern ... Karen MacCauley
Killian Scott ... Dylan
Shazad Latif ... Vince
Andy Nyman ... Tony
Clara Lago ... Eva
Roland Møller ... Jackson
Florence Pugh ... Gwen
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Danny MacCauley
Ella-Rae Smith ... Sofia
Nila Aalia ... Sherri
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Storyline

Now a hard-working life insurance salesman and a caring family man, the former police officer, Michael MacCauley, has taken the commuter rail to New York for the past ten years. But, unexpectedly, things will take a turn for the worse, when on one of his daily journeys, the cryptic passenger, Joanna, makes Michael a generous and tempting offer to locate a single commuter or face grave consequences. Is this a sick joke, or is this indeed a serious situation? As Michael races against the clock to solve this wicked conundrum, everyone aboard is a suspect, in a deal where there's definitely more than meets the eye. Can he decide in time who's the one? Written by Nick Riganas

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Lives Are On The Line See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commuter See more »

Filming Locations:

Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,701,452, 14 January 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,343,858, 15 March 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,142,483, 28 January 2018
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the beginning of the film when Neeson's character is walking through Grand Central Terminal, there is a poster for Paddington 2, which shared its US release date with The Commuter on January 12th. See more »

Goofs

The NYPD does not patrol inside Grand Central Station. The Metro North Police are responsible for the station and all the rail lines. See more »

Quotes

Tony: [to Alex] We know what you did... you bastard
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are done in the style of a train map. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Paddington 2/The Commuter (2018) See more »

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Performed by Cosima
Written by Cosima Ehni and Joel Potts
Courtesy of Island Records and Chrysalis Music, a BMG company
Issued under licence from Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Decent Thriller Derailed by Ridiculous Third Act
15 January 2018 | by fletcherc21See all my reviews

SPOILER: The Commuter delivers what it promises, a Liam Neeson action movie that relies on tension and a little bit of mystery to fill out its runtime. It begins very well with minimal exposition for the set up, using images or short conversations to explain what most movies would carve out five minutes of dialogue for. From there it evolves more like a mystery with an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation searching for someone on the train. As it enters the third act, it goes full action movie with explosions, fight scenes, and massive stakes. While this was to be expected from Jaume Collet-Serra, it undermines what had been a more contained thriller up to that point.

It is shot well enough and uses an ensemble cast well, but no one besides Liam Neeson really has too much to do. Vera Farmiga and Jonathan Banks are both talented actors that are really underutilized. All in all, The Commuter is another Liam Neeson action movie that could be best described as "Nonstop on a train."


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