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Parents' Guide to

The Commuter

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Train-set Neeson thriller isn't smart, but it is exciting.

Movie PG-13 2018 104 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

This is basically the kid friendly version of speed.

I really dont know why common sense media says 14+ It should really be 12+ This movie is literally the least violent Liam Neeson movie! The movie might be a little boring for kids. There is two people who get punched and then are knocked out, no blood. When common sense media says "guns and shooting" they mean guns in pocket and people pointing a gun at a person who threatens but then buts it down. When they say "shooting" they probably mean that the Liam Neeson actor by accident shoots a pistol which results in it bouncing around (fake) then hitting the engine which then explodes. There is no deaths only bad guys getting punched in a train. The language is just 8 s-words and 2 god-damnit. Just skip one scene where an old man gets pushed into a bus. Overall I think that a 10 yr old or 11 yr old who can handle punching and a train exploding then I think they could then watch it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 13+

Nothing special

Another one action movie starring by Liam Neeson.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (16 ):

Neeson's fourth pairing with director Jaume Collet-Serra, this thriller is far from great, but the duo's usual blend of non-stop action and silly suspense still works like crazy. (Their previous collaborations are Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night.) Though the plot of The Commuter doesn't really hold water, the movie moves fast enough and doles out information so cleverly and sporadically that it's possible to simply turn off your brain and go along for the speedy ride. It helps that Neeson is such a fascinating presence. Rather than a trained bodybuilder, he's a 60-something everyman/family man who's strong and charismatic while striving to do the right thing.

Virtually every shot of The Commuter is on him, though Collet-Serra also provides plenty of razzle-dazzle, including the wonderful opening montage of all the mornings of a lifetime: waking up to the alarm, drinking coffee, leaving the house, possibly arguing/possibly kissing. On the train, the camera roams up and down the aisles smoothly, passing through one empty car whose air-conditioning is broken and fluidly twisting and turning to capture all the suspects' faces. Fight scenes and action scenes may not be masterful, but they're at least clear, potent, and exciting. Indeed, The Commuter is close in spirit to what used to be called a B movie, and it's solid entertainment.

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