Vera Farmiga and Liam Neeson in a scene from "The Commuter."
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"Lives are on the line" – the tagline for the Liam Neeson Metro-North thriller "The Commuter" – feels like a missed opportunity.It's been 10 years since Neeson's unlikely reign as the movies' best action hero began with "Taken" – the little Paris kidnapping that unlocked Neeson's special set of skills.Neeson has suggested that, at 65, he's nearing the end of the line. Collet-Serra's genre mechanics, stylized and sober, are efficient. His trains run on time, even if – as is the case in "The Commuter" – a rush-hour's worth of implausibility eventually wrecks the thrill.Collet-Serra, whose "Non-Stop" relished the similarly confined space of an airplane cabin, is too interested in swooping his camera through the train to care much about the blur on the outside. He knows well how to shoot Neeson, following the actor's hulking frame from car to car.
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