This example of prepackaged horror is so by-the-numbers that even the jump-scares don’t cause much of a jump.
Despite being blessed with well-designed period sets and top-tier acting, this collaboration between writer Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler is dramatically inert.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Torture, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Rupert Wyatt
A weird cross between "District 9" and "The Battle of Algiers" that doesn’t do either of those apparent inspirations justice.
Disposable action entertainment – a throw-away title that’s not bad enough to turn off but not good enough to seek out.
Mired in clichés with a narrative constrained by a bland and generic structure.
A kluge of bad science and worse science fiction clichés, it tries to be atmospheric and scary but succeeds only at being frustrating and tedious.
"The Commuter" delivers exactly what’s advertised – a turn-off-the-brain action film starring Liam Neeson that doesn’t moralize or overplay its hand.
Has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.
Its greater ambitions don’t make it a better movie - just a longer and more pretentious one.
The movie hints at a riveting mystery/detective story but is incapable of delivering it.