Action


The Commuter


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action
Runtime:
104 mins
Stars:
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill
Director:
Jaume Collet-Serra
Producer:
Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


No Information

Language


a lot of strong language including several uses of "gd"; "j"; "jc"; "f you"; s.o.b.; etc.

Violence


several sequences of violence including fighting and bloody lips and noses; a man is repeatedly hit with a guitar; people are shot; a man uses a knife to cut someone; wounds are seen including a man's blood on the front of his shirt; a man is shoved in front of a bus and is seen hit by the bus; a train derails.

Drugs


drinking in a bar; beer.

Nudity


No Information

Other


a character gives the middle finger to a rude passenger; tension between characters.


Trailer



Synopsis

A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.


Movie Message

The Commuter is a suspenseful, action-packed movie with the usual strong performance by Liam Neeson, who plays Michael MacCauley, a former New York cop who now sells insurance policies. He seems to have the idyllic life—a happy marriage, a son named Danny headed to college, two mortgages, and then...bam! He is let go at his job and given a severance package. He stops at the local bar to lament about it with an old friend, a cop, named Alex Murphy (Patrick Wilson). He keeps mentioning, "I'm 60 years old," and he doesn't seem to know what he will do.

Things change dramatically and quickly in his life after he boards the commuter train, homeward bound, with the task of having to tell his wife about his job loss. A woman named Joanna (Vera Farmiga) sits down across from him, interrupts his reading and makes an interesting proposal to him. If he knew there was $25,000 hidden away in the bathroom, with the promise of $75,000 more if he could get a bag away from a certain passenger that was new to commuting on the train, would he do it?

Michael's curiosity gets the best of him, and he heads to the bathroom to see if can find the cash. He does, and his life changes instantly. He begins receiving random phone calls from Joanna, telling him he has to capture the bag from the new commuter or his family will face death. This leads to a series of him asking questions of the other passengers, eyeing their every move, and getting into a few fistfights along the way. One scene in particular is an exciting sequence as it shows him trying to get out of the bottom of the train, only to be dragged when the train begins to move. The movie prompts the viewer to think about how far he/she would go to protect their own family. The suspense continues to build and gives us a shocking but satisfying conclusion. The use of strong language and the violence level spoils it for receiving the Dove Seal. Neeson, known for his Taken trilogy is at his best when he is in an action picture, and this one is definitely one of those.

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