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OUT NOW / RATED M / 104 MINS DI­REC­TOR Jaume Col­let-serra

CAST Liam Nee­son, Vera Farmiga, Pa­trick Wil­son

A NEWLY UN­EM­PLOYED in­sur­ance sales­man (Nee­son) ac­cepts a bag of money to un­cover the iden­tity of a stranger on his train, with deadly con­se­quences. Nee­son cer­tainly has the chops to pull off a Hitch­cock­ian thriller, so it’s a pity that Un­known and Non-stop di­rec­tor Col­let-serra doesn’t, be­cause The Com­muter gives them one hell of a plot, cou­pled with an al­most real-time race against the clock de­vice Hitch would have killed for. Still, it’s an unashamed crowd-pleaser, with enough for­ward mo­men­tum to thun­der over its many plot holes, and by the time the train, and the film, go off the rails in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, you’ll prob­a­bly be hav­ing too much fun to care. DH

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