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The Commuter (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 January 2018 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael MacCauley
... Joanna
... Alex Murphy
... Walt
... Captain Hawthorne
... Karen MacCauley
... Dylan
... Vince
... Tony
... Eva
... Jackson
... Gwen
... Danny MacCauley
... 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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Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. | See all certifications »

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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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Jonathan Banks plays a character named Walt in this movie. In the TV show Breaking Bad (2008) he was often at odds with the main character, who was also named Walt. See more »

Goofs

The train Neeson's character rides is the Hudson Line of Metro-North, yet the station stops depicted as he returns home from Grand Central Terminal to Tarrytown are clearly NYC subway stops (86th Street, etc.). Metro-North commuter trains do not share train tracks or station stops with NYC subway lines. See more »

Quotes

Joanna: What kind of person are you?
Michael MacCauley: Me? You should probably ask my wife.
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The end credits are done in the style of a train map. See more »

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References Spartacus (1960) See more »

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In the Mirror
Performed by Public Access TV
Written by John Eatherly
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
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 See 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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