Action Blu-ray Review

'The Commuter' 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: All Aboard for Liam Neeson's Latest Action-Thriller

April 17, 2018Ben MK

As unlikely an action star as he was at the outset, there's no doubt that Liam Neeson's status as one of the genre's most bankable stars is safe and secure, even though the actor has already surpassed retirement age. Now, in his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, Neeson delivers one of his most entertaining and over-the-top popcorn movies yet.

Synopsis: In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers. [VVS Films]

To read The Reel Roundup's review of the film, click here.

Collet-Serra has become known for staging his films in one central location, and The Commuter is no different. The vast majority of the movie takes place in the confined spaces of the train's cars, and though that places a definite limitation on the visuals, this 2160p image manages to make do quite well, with the only downside being strong black levels that tend to drown out the detail in areas such as the creases of Michael's dark suit. Otherwise, the accompanying Dolby Atmos sound mix allows fist fights, gunshots and the tension-building score to make an impact, with the standout being an out-of-control train barreling down the tracks and then derailing spectacularly.

VVS Films' two-disc 4K release includes a Blu-ray copy of the film, as well as the following extras:

  • End of the Line (9:13) - A look at the story, shooting in London, what director Jaume Collet-Serra and star Liam Neeson bring to the film, the stunt work and more.
  • Off the Rails (4:16) - A look at the visual effects, set design and camera tricks used to create the illusion of being on a real moving train.

The Commuter is available from VVS Films as of April 17th, 2018. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray features English Atmos, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English 2.0 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks. The film is presented with English, English SDH and Spanish subtitles. The total runtime is 1 hr. 45 min.

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