The Radio Times logo
We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

The Commuter

  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • 2018
  • Jaume Collet-Serra
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action thriller starring Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga. Former police officer and insurance investigator Michael MacCauley is asked by a shady femme fatale to seek out a particular passenger on his train to work. The financial reward on offer is tempting, but Michael has another more urgent reason for completing the task.

Advertisement
Powered By
IMDB

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

rolename
Michael MacCauleyLiam Neeson
JoannaVera Farmiga
Alex MurphyPatrick Wilson
Captain HawthorneSam Neill
Karen MacCauleyElizabeth McGovern
WaltJonathan Banks
EvaClara Lago
GwenFlorence Pugh
TonyAndy Nyman
VinceShazad Latif
JacksonRoland Moller

Crew

rolename
DirectorJaume Collet-Serra

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2018-01-19
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
Advertisement
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content