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The Commuter review – a bonkers pleasure

Liam Neeson plays a salesman asked to find a fellow passenger in a film lacking a coherent narrative

In its hideously edited opening montage, The Commuter takes great pains to communicate that, yes, as per the film’s title, Liam Neeson’s cop turned insurance salesman has taken the commuter train to Manhattan every single day for the past 10 years. Unexpectedly, he is made redundant (“I’m 60 years of age, Frank!” he tells his boss), and his bad luck takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) chats him up on the commute home and asks if, hypothetically, he’d locate a passenger in exchange for a hefty wad of cash – or else she’ll have his family killed. Would you do it? That’s what she wants to know. As a thought experiment it’s kind of interesting. As the plot of a film? Frankly,
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‘Leave No Trace’ Film Review: Debra Granik Returns with Another Subtle Powerhouse Drama

‘Leave No Trace’ Film Review: Debra Granik Returns with Another Subtle Powerhouse Drama
There’s a fair amount of pressure on Debra Granik’s new indie: Every film she’s taken to Sundance has been a winner, starting with her short “Snake Feed” in 1998. In 2004, her celebrated drama “Down to the Bone” brought awards for both her and then-up-and-coming actress Vera Farmiga. And 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and another for the film’s little-known lead, Jennifer Lawrence. So yeah, comparisons will be made. But are they fair? Not really. It would be unlikely for any director to achieve the same sort of commercial triumph...
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Review: The Commuter (2018)

Back in 2008, Liam Neeson went full ‘beast mode’ playing Bryan Mills in the action thriller Taken. He reinvented himself as a middle-aged father, loving husband, and retired CIA agent with a passion for brutally merking bad guys without hesitation. Ten years later, Neeson’s still in the ass-kicking business, and why not? After all he is one of the founding members of the geri-action genre and clearly age is just a number… And his age is slowly catching up with his on-screen bodycount. But there’s no shame in that, the Irishman’s right-hook is still as strong as ever.

The Commuter is the fourth team-up between Neeson and Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, with their second outing being the similarly themed transportation nightmare on a plane Non-Stop (2014). But this time around, the boys are playing with a locomotive train-set in upstate New York, and of course mayhem ensues.

The setup is simple.
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‘The Commuter’ Review: Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra (2017)

The Commuter review: It’s Liam Neeson on a train in this new actioner from Jaume Collet-Serra.

The Commuter review by Awais Irfan.

The Commuter review

Cinema has come to see great actor-director collaborations such as Scorsese and DiCaprio, Tarantino and Jackson over the years and, now, there’s Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson as they work together for their fourth time on The Commuter.

Having worked on Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night together, with their fourth film The Commuter out this weekend, and their fifth in the works, the pairing of Collet-Serra and Neeson has certainly been pretty entertaining thus far and one that doesn’t look like slowing down; those 3 aforementioned films, whilst not ground-breaking, are fairly enjoyable action-flicks – it’s a refreshing partnership in the B-rate action genre that works for what it needs to. However, whilst The Commuter certainly boasts a promising premise and some cool action,
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Video: The Commuter – ‘Newspaper’ Clip

The Commuter starring Liam Neeson arrives in UK cinemas tomorrow and we have a new clip to show you. This particular clip introduces Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks as a fellow passenger on Neeson’s train.

Neeson plays an insurance salesman. He is challenged by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he races against time to solve the mystery, he discovers a deadly plan unfolding and is caught up in a criminal conspiracy.

Check out the clip above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Interview: Director Jaume Collet-Serra on The Commuter

Author: Jon Lyus

For the latest Liam Neeson-led thriller the action star reunites with his Non-Stop, Unknown and Run All Night director for The Commuter. Collet-Sera came to the attention of many with his 2009 twisted horror film Orphan, a genre he returned to seven years later with the marvelous shark movie The Shallows.

Our man in New York, James Kleinmann, sat down with the director to talk about his latest movie The Commuter in which he cast Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Sam Neill.

In the interview they discuss how he got ideas by watching people on the train, why it’s such a joy working with Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga and what we can expect from his next movie Jungle Cruise.

Jaume Collet-Serra Interview

The Commuter Movie Synopsis

Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger,
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The Commuter movie review: on the wrong track

MaryAnn’s quick take… A lazy, insulting xerox of better movies about Liam Neeson growling into cell phones at enigmatic villains. Devoid of tension and mystery, and rife with plotholes that derail the trip. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Remember a few years ago, when Liam Neeson was on a Non-Stop transatlantic flight between New York and London and mysterious nefarious types texted him to say that they’d kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million was transferred to their account? And how he cares about stopping this because he’s law enforcement — the flight’s air marshal — and doesn’t want anyone to die?

Well, The Commuter is Completely Different. Here, Liam Neeson is on a Train traveling from New York, yes, but only up the Hudson Valley. And it makes many Stops at stations.
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Cinemaholics #47: Paddington 2 Review

The Cinemaholics were just as surprised as you were when the first Paddington turned out to be a terrific film for kids and adults. Now, its highly anticipated sequel, Paddington 2, is finally out in U.S. theaters, so it’s time to snack on some marmalade and discuss the ongoing adventures of everyone’s favorite talking bear in London.

Elsewhere on the show, we review The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill. That’s right, there’s another high-stakes Liam Neeson action movie coming out that takes place on a mode of transportation.

Later on, the Cinemaholics catch up on some other films and shows we’ve been waiting a while to talk about. Jon and Maveryke rave about The End of the F****** World, a new series on Netflix, while Will recommends a great new 2018 pic that’s flying under the radar called Blame,
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Movie Review – The Commuter (2018)

The Commuter, 2018.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Florence Pugh, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Banks.


An insurance salesman loses his job but, on his usual train home, he’s approached by an attractive woman offering him a lot of money in return for doing one small job. How can he resist?

Sometimes a film is a gift, overflowing with so many memorable moments and quotable lines that reviewing it becomes unexpectedly difficult. It’s usually the sign of a good film. But not always. This time, it’s called The Commuter.

What is easily the most boring title of the year doesn’t get it off to a good start. Ok, so January is only a couple of weeks old, but this year’s cinematic offerings will have to go some to beat it for sheer tedium, especially where a British audience is concerned.
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Review: Kafka on a Train—Jaume Collet-Serra’s "The Commuter"

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Jaume Collett-Serra, the mathematician, the physicist, the secret philosopher, works better with infinite space in which to perform equations. His ‘bottle’ movies, where Liam 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. A fight scene and a train crash can no longer use Liam Neeson as anything other than a kind of stop-motion blur. 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 of our immediate perception. You need only watch the ending to The Commuter to understand precisely what he thinks of the subject matter he works with. At
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Review: The Commuter

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Plot: Sixty years old, deep in debt and newly laid-off, a former cop-turned-insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) is approached on the commuter train by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga), who offers him a tidy sum of cash if he’ll help identify an unknown passenger with a secret. Before he can turn her down, it’s revealed that his family is in jeopardy and his only hope of saving them is by cooperating... Read More...
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Film Review: ‘The Commuter’ is a Fun, Butt-Kicking Good Time

Chicago – Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a good old Liam Neeson ass-kicker… and “The Commuter” fits that bill. It asks, damn near requires, you to leave your brain safely at the station, but it moves too fast that you don’t have much time to think about it. It’s ludicrous, dumb and fun entertainment for January.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Neeson is an ex-cop this time, now selling life insurance to try to put his kid through college. But he’s just lost his job, and after putting away enough liquid courage he boards his usual train home to tell his wife. He’s accosted by a pretty and well dressed woman (Vera Farmiga) who offers him a proposition. Find a passenger on the train, and he’ll get 100 thousand dollars in cash. Otherwise, all bets are off and his wife and son might not live through his commute home.
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The Commuter – Review

I’m not sure that Liam Neeson’s former police officer turned life insurance salesman remembers that you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Even though on the surface Neeson is playing hero, his character is aggressively stalking multiple passengers on a train before playing judge, jury, and executioner for one unlucky passenger. It’s interesting that this is what a hero is made to look like in 2018.

Much like his previous film The Shallows, Jaume Collet-Serra centers The Commuter around an ordinary man who is forced into an extraordinary situation. The main difference though is the setting. The wide-open expanse of the ocean in his previous film is replaced by the claustrophobic setting of a Commuter train. What’s ironic is that the tension and intensity of the situation in The Shallows is far more effective than what he captures on this short train ride.

The plot
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Interview: Patrick Wilson on The Commuter

Author: Jon Lyus

The Commuter reunites 21st Century action man Liam Neeson and his Non-Stop, Run All Night and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, but there’s another reunion on the cards in the film. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are known to millions of horror fans as the lead actors of The Conjuring series, and in The Commuter they return to the big screen for a very different kind of ride.

James Kleinmann sat down with actor Patrick Wilson for his movie The Commuter in which he stars alongside Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga. In the interview they discuss how he got ideas by watching people on the train, why it’s such a joy working with Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga and what it’s like knowing he’ll be retunring for another The Conjuring movie with James Wan after working with him on Aquaman.

The Commuter Movie Synopsis
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Movie Review: The Commuter

Liam Neeson’s filmography hasn’t been all that interesting for the past ten years. Ever since Taken was an out of nowhere hit in 2008, Neeson has been seen in almost every action thriller imaginable. From cop thrillers (Run All Night in 2015), to mistaken identity thrillers (Unknown in 2011), airplane thrillers (Non-Stop in 2014, which was also directed by the same guy who does The Commuter), and two more Taken sequels (2012, 2014), Neeson has found his niche and he’s sticking to it. The only mode of transportation he hasn’t seemed to tackle is a train, which he knocks off his bucket list with The Commuter. While Neeson isn’t the problem with his other thrillers, most of them are completely forgettable. The Commuter doesn’t break that trend in tremendous fashion, but with a break neck pace, an intriguing premise, some fine direction from Jaume Collet-Serra, and a committed Liam Neeson,
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Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams on Amazon: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch Are there more stories left to tell? Is Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams TV show cancelled or renewed for a second season on Amazon? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? An Amazon Prime Video TV series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams stars Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney, Janelle Monáe, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham , Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga, Jack Reynor, Essie Davis, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Juno Temple, and David Lyons. From
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Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams

Network: Amazon. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: January 12, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney, Janelle Monáe, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham , Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga, Jack Reynor, Essie Davis, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Juno Temple, and David Lyons. TV show description: From Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner, the Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams TV show is a sci-fi anthology series based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. With each episode set in its own reality, some stories unfold in times and worlds which feel familiar, while others take place in distant parts of the universe.
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The Preview Reel: The Commuter, Proud Mary, and Paddington 2

Last week saw the reign of Star Wars: The Last Jedi come to an end as not one, but two movies placed above the mega blockbuster. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Insidious: The Last Key look to keep their box-office winning streak alive, but will have to deal with three different wide-release films this weekend. We have another Liam Neeson action-thriller in The Commuter, the family-friendly sequel Paddington 2, and Taraji P. Henson’s action flick Proud Mary.

The Commuter

What we are excited about: The trailers seem to offer up an intriguing premise, which isn’t typical of most January releases. Along with star Liam Neeson, the movie boasts a great cast including Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, and Jonathan Banks. Add the director of the fun thriller The Shallows (2016), and this could be a fun distraction of a movie.

What we are worried about: There’s
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‘The Commuter’: Liam Neeson Provides Another Enjoyably Goofy Ride [Review]

With “The Commuter,” director Jaume Collet-Serra and his frequent action muse Liam Neeson complete their unofficial “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” trilogy. In 2010, an uneasy taxi crashes into Berlin’s Spree and gives Neeson a bad case of amnesia in the ironically forgettable “Unknown.” In 2014, an alcoholic air marshal, played by Neeson, must stop a mysterious airborne killing spree on a plane in the surprisingly engaging “Non-Stop.” Now, with “The Commuter,” we find ourselves traveling with Neeson on a train, where a recently unemployed ex-cop-turned-insurance salesman gets caught in another murder conspiracy, one where a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) provides Neeson with a tantalizing offer that could either save or destroy his fragile family life before the train’s final destination.

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The Commuter director Jaume Collet-Serra on Robocop’s name and the fake train

Liam Neeson reunited with his Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night director Jaume Collet-Serra for The Commuter. Neeson plays a man on his last trip home from work after being fired when a mystery woman (Vera Farmiga) tasks him with finding a passenger. Read our review here. The director told Monsters and Critics how he created a fake train for The Commuter’s purposes. But first, one of the supporting characters has a name fans will recognize. Patrick Wilson plays Neeson’s former partner on the force, Alex Murphy. Alex Murphy was also the name of the officer who became Robocop. “ more
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