The Commuter 1.0 stars

Commuter movie poster

The opening may have you wondering if you’ve walked into the wrong theater as it presents the same household morning scenario again and again with minimal variation: is this some kind of arty drama about the perils of middle-class existence? Nah, it’s just director Jaume Collet-Serra playing around with a pretext of context before he puts Liam Neeson through his violent paces for a fourth time, swapping out Non-Stop’s plane for a commuter train and tossing in some financial anxiety for motivation. It’s fun for a while, as Neeson’s ex-cop starts to shake off 10 years of insurance work and get back to his real self: observant, resourceful, and inhumanly tough. (Go ahead, knock him silly as many times as you like. He’ll be right as rain in two ticks.) The mystery is less a whodunit than a whogotit, the “it” being a bag containing something stolen that the owner is desperate to recover. If you don’t think too hard about why Neeson gets brought in or how the baddies operate or what the point is, you may be able to enjoy yourself. At least until the final act, when the film goes off the rails. Like a train might do. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC La Jolla

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AMC Mission Valley

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AMC Otay Ranch

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Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

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2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

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Reading Cinemas Town Square

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Reading Grossmont Center

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350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

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1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

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2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

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Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

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United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

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