‘The Commuter’ can’t stay on the tracks with lazy script, bad effects

By MARK VIOLA

Ever since 2008’s “Taken,” actor Liam Neeson has become the go-to-guy for films about an older man facing a dangerous situation, but who ultimately has the skills to deal with it. Since then he’s starred in such films as “The Next Three Days,” “Unknown,” “Run All Night” and “Non-Stop,” not to mention “Taken 2” and “3.”

“Non-Stop” was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who reunites with Neeson for his latest role as the man with the right skills in “The Commuter.” It is an entirely serviceable thriller — for January at least — but one that ultimately treads extremely familiar ground and suffers from a lazy script and substandard production values.

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