The Commuter

The Commuter

Jaume Collet-Serra (2018)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Retired cop and recently let-go insurance agent Liam Neeson faces a race against time to locate a fellow train passenger of interest to a shady criminal (Vera Farmiga) in this workmanlike thriller. A big pay-off is promised upon completion of the task, but an uncertain fate awaits his wife and son if he fails to identify the targeted commuter. What follows is a typical white-knuckle yarn, but not nearly as tense as previous entries of a similar ilk in Neeson's recent CV (the Taken movies, Non-Stop), the narrative frequently hamstrung by convoluted plot twists. Neeson doesn't have much to do except frown and shout frantically as he interacts with each faintly drawn character among the ticket-holding suspects. Farmiga makes a fine cold-blooded femme fatale but has comparatively little screen time to make a mark as a genuinely fearsome villain, with director Jaume Collet-Serra's action-focus treating the rattling, runaway train as the true star of the piece.


Michael MacCauley, an insurance salesman and former police officer, finds himself caught up in a conspiracy during his commute home. After receiving a phone call from a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to go undercover to save the lives of the other passengers on the train. Thriller, starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Michael MacCauley Liam Neeson
Joanna Vera Farmiga
Alex Murphy Patrick Wilson
Captain Hawthorne Sam Neill
Karen MacCauley Elizabeth McGovern
Walt Jonathan Banks
Eva Clara Lago
Gwen Florence Pugh
Tony Andy Nyman
Vince Shazad Latif
Jackson Roland Moller
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Jan 2018