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There is rarely a moment when the film loses momentum and youre left guessing till the end. Overall, if youre in the mood for some intrigue and myster ..
So in the spirit of the Neeson genre, we adjust our perceptions of good filmmaking accordingly.
It might be a flashy piece of entertainment, but its not a stupid one.
The Young Folks
As far as storytelling is concerned, The Commuter is wildly inefficient, lacking basic narrative logic.
A sub Hitchcockian thriller with enough forward momentum to thunder over its many plot holes, The Commuter is a surprisingly enjoyable if instantly fo ..
The script by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi and Ryan Engle is preposterous, far fetched and insanely complicated, and it leaps madly over the top i ..
Its a clever way of showing how MacCauleys routine remains basically the same even as little aspects of it change.
For viewers interested in West Wing life, its a tasty behind the scenes tour, and for those averse to liberals, it has the comedy of this lot being hi ..
At the Toronto Film Festival last September Liam Neeson appeared to announce the end of his late flowering action movie career.
Aside from some seriously dodgy effects sequences, the film is fairly slick.
Shadows On The Wall
Collet Serras inability to inject even an ounce of excitement into the movies action sequences proves disastrous, with the less than engrossing nature ..
The Hitchcockian stranger on a train premise is squandered on lapses in logic and generic close combat skirmishes. Slow motion shots and endless track ..
In the hands of Collet Serra, The Commuter is an effortlessly mounted thriller thats infinitely better than those terrible Taken sequels.
A serious, important and, for the most part, well executed film. But its the context of today that makes it.
Like a crazed modern hybrid of Murder On The Orient Express and Strangers On A Train, with a plot that grows less credible with every forward chug.
But the biggest way in which The Commuter is NOT THE SAME MOVIE AT ALL as Non Stop is that while both movies are utterly preposterous, The Commuter ne ..
The whole big thing is, Heres the setup, heres the rules. And then literally 20, 25 minutes in, the film goes, I cant be bothered with that.
It doesnt overstay its welcome, it doesn;t overstep its boundaries with its plot. It just tries to be an entertaining movie with characters that you c ..
None of it made sense. The whodunit, who is it. Speed did a better job of giving me the characters on the bus.
The Commuter is a mystery with no real intrigue and a drama without enough substance to cement itself as one of Neesons best. Amid the rubble there is ..
Neesons performance is brisk and uninflected; his Mike is gaunt but unhaunted, a blank without shadows.
If you answered airplane then youre a fool who cant tell one high octane Jaume Collet Serra directed Liam Neeson vehicle from another.
And theres a lot of action.Unfortunately, almost every scene is inexplicable and devoid of common sense including the ending.
The Commuters script ends up locked in this weird cycle of completely rewriting its entire plot every 20 or so pages, so instead of the simple and eff ..
Hey U Guys
Its a bravura action sequence where its unlikely youll find yourself wondering how a 60 year old insurance salesman has both the mental and physical c ..
Maki At The Movies
You wish more filmmakers could willfully go this slapdash insane while still holding your marvelled attention.
The Play List
The movie gets crazier and dodgier as it rattles along almost every plot point relies on an efficiency in public transport scheduling that simply does ..
THE VERDICT: It may lack the ingenuity of their finest outings, but this is Pixars best film in ages.
But for all the style and slickness, The Commuter literally goes off the rails and ends up feeling too close to the man in a box trip we took aboard N ..
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
The camera pirouettes though the train as familiar actors act vaguely suspiciously, and before long they each fall under Neesons piercing gaze.The Com ..
The Commuter is by no means a god awful terrible movie; if youre bored during a Friday afternoon then theres some mindless pleasure in giving it a wat ..
Star Burst Magazine
The Commuter is a 90s high concept action thriller that is well worth the fare and is another brilliant entry in the Neeson season collection!
Star Burst Magazine
Self aware superhero blockbusters are all but dominating Hollywood action cinema.
But Coco has heart as well as jokes, and there are probably worse ways of introducing children to the party pooping concept of death.
Look lets be honest.Youre not here for depth or to have existential questions pondered Youve seen the poster of Liam Neeson, in full on action star mo ..
Its formulaic and you can probably guess the ending, but its a pacy, enjoyable thriller capable of laughing at itself.
The Arts Desk
I love a good action thriller but the content of this film doesnt make a lot of sense.
The Film Pie
But in the ten years since the January thriller Taken, hes evolved into a reliable older man of action.
This tale is so far fetched there should be a wagon of salt, for regular pinch taking, hitched to the trains rear.
As for Neeson, theres just something appealing about watching the Ballymena brawler rail against corruption, the cabal du jour and time itself.However ..
Published on Jan 12, 2018 Liam Neeson in another Liam Neeson ish role.This time on a trail.
A fun, yet disposable, movie that does feel like other Liam Neeson thrillers.
Spielberg doesnt shy away from the old fashioned appeal of this story.Its a very earnest, and at times self congratulatory, movie and it suits his sen ..
But while Non Stop managed to keep things relatively fresh, The Commuter just feels tired and increasingly incoherent.
Concrete Play Ground
But thats fine too.The Commuter didnt need to be smart, didnt even need to pretend to be smart, and its a taut enough thriller that whatever else is w ..
Michael is ahead of this viewer when it comes to working out which passenger is the target, which is how it should be. Some of the action is heart rac ..
Obviously, this film has problems its corny as all hell (for better and worse), and the central mystery hits diminishing returns as the film goes on.
One Room With A View
Its a moral conundrum, and when you think about it, it boils down to whether the man can live with the mystery, never knowing the final chapter of the ..
While watching the genre muddle of this movie one does wish Del Toro would return to making the wonderfully overcooked cheeseburger epics he does so w ..
Age, however, is not the issue in this unsavoury B grade thriller Neeson is still a remarkably virile screen presence.
WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY If the story isnt good because of the predictability, then I dont know what else to say.
All the elements have been done before and much better in other films, but thankfully theres a lack of pretension. The Commuter knows what it is and n ..
If Neeson appears more bedraggled than ever (yet still engaged in the same roundelay of extraordinary action sequences) in his fourth time at bat behi ..
I suppose one day hell age out of it.But The Commuter, for all its flaws, is vastly superior to Non Stop, the airplane version of the same general sto ..
Then its Neeson Action Time, and a series of increasingly ridiculous set ups and easily guessed plot feints.
Pgh City Paper
But if The Commuter capitalizes on an audience thats ready and willing to like Action Neeson no matter the circumstances, it doesnt give fans anything ..
LIAM Neesons fourth outing with writer director Jaume Collet Serra is a trashy, enjoyable B movie that succeeds in spite of its own absurdity.
It is this transformation that gives the picture relevance and heart.
The storys total nonsense yet utterly compelling, and guaranteed to slap a smile on your face, if possibly for the wrong reasons.
The proceedings have just enough action to keep you awake without making you feel bludgeoned, if not quite enough plot to make you feel that it was wo ..
Theres some timely yet clumsy political commentary, which might be compelling if it was delivered by a guy who didnt make $20 million for Taken 3.
At its best, The Commuter is a B movie popcorn munching ode to the forgotten middle class good guy.
Neeson stands up for the little guy, and no other filmmaker gets that quite like Collet Serra, who boldly embraces that working man fantasy with a sly ..
Diehard fans may enjoy seeing Neeson transform a guitar into, variously, a bludgeon, knife and battering ram in one violent sequence, but otherwise, t ..
The Commuter is what it is an action thriller that doesnt pertain to be anything but.
What I Watched Tonight
You will leave the theater with expectations satiated and thats not a bad thing.
Trains, planes, and automobiles are crashed. Guns are fired. Liam Neeson shouts and scowls. But where the director comes alive is in the choreography ..
Even for mid January traditionally the dog days of cinema releases The Commuter rattles along like an unreliable train to nowhere.
Thats why youre not director Jaume Collet Serra, who has developed a real knack for maximizing Nessons essential Neeson ness in ways other filmmakers ..
The Maine Edge
The film fits a familiar mould but at least it attempts to visually stand out from the crowd.
A contrived story that only gets more ridiculous with each stop along the way.
Bowling Green Daily News
Its competently made and well acted, and represents 100 minutes of pure, slightly silly entertainment.
What you see is what you get with The Commuter, the latest in wash rinse repeat Liam Neeson in a vehicle action thrillers.
Silver Screen Riot
The plot has more holes than a bargain basement Swiss cheese, a story comprised of ridiculous and illogical scenarios.
The Commuter is so close to being a really fun piece of B movie action that it pains me to say that its merely adequate.
But for those looking for a reasonably satisfying mix of mystery and muscle, The Commuter should be just the ticket.
Did I tell you hes the hero I did, didnt I. This is Snakes on a Train, where youre not sure who the snakes are.
The film simply gestures at genre convention without ever providing a context or a back story.
Right Contained location, finite characters, ticking clock, sort of relatable motivation and a clever extra twist on the typical detective story since ..
The Commuter doesnt run on the cerebral track that the teaser seems to suggest Joannas literally distracting fashion and her mellow locution scream hy ..
In Session Film
Instead of this being a ticking time plot, it takes one hour, 20 minutes to go from Grand Central to Cold Springs.MacCauley takes his time.
Films In Review
Not so coincidentally, The Commuter director Jaume Collet Serra also piloted Non Stop, and unfortunately, this story feels terribly recycled and dance ..
Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi and Ryan Engles script is puny, but Collet Serra manages to get it afloat...
As a thriller its mediocre, even by the standards of similar films.
... simple, solid and resounding entertainment, without further ado.
Of course to enjoy this explosive cocktail you have to do an exercise in suspension of disbelief.
What were left with is one of the most implausible and uninteresting action movies of 2018.
Helen Mirren isnt even in the movie that much like the poster would make you believe.
Liam Neeson plays the same character hes played in the last 10 years (with some exceptions) and barely makes it to the absurd ending. .
never loses the zest and the nerve to make his work undoubtedly fun and spectacular, but he does make certain concessions...
Its not a great movie that youll remember, but it manages to entertain throughout its hour and forty five minute duration.
Although The Commuter is not what one would label an absolute train wreck, Neesons ragged everyman out to draw blood in a high stakes cat and mouse ga ..
The Critical Movie Critics ..
Its fun to imagine Collet Serra hopping a Metro North train from Grand Central and falling in love with the details of its specific and contained cult ..
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