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* SherlockScan: [[spoiler:Michael identifies Oliver as a fake because he has a left-handed guitar but is clearly a right-handed man]].

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* ThrillerOnTheExpress: The bulk of the movie happens inside a moving train.

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* DieHardOnAnX: On a train, but the plot is more covert and the passengers are unaware of what's happening for a majority of the film.

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* TheBadGuysAreCops: It turns out that dirty cops are involved with the conspiracy, and this is why the witness had gone to the FBI instead, knowing that the killers of her cousin were in the NYPD.


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* DirtyCop: It turns out there's a group of corrupt cops who are part of the conspiracy. [[spoiler:Murphy is one of them. The police captain mentions he's been under investigation already for it.]]


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* IHaveYourWife: Joanna tries to coerce Michael into doing her bidding through getting his wife and son abducted, with the threat of them being killed if he doesn't obey. [[spoiler:Despite the threat, he refuses to murder an innocent person, and they're rescued by the FBI.]]


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* RetiredBadass: Michael used to be a detective with the NYPD, and uses his old skills well in the film. [[spoiler:It turns out he was chosen for them specifically. Later he comes out of retirement and tracks down Joanna, arresting her on another train.]]


-->-- '''Joanna'''

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-->-- '''Joanna'''
'''Michael [=MacCauley=]'''


A woman offers Michael [=MacCauley=], an Irish-American NYPD member turned insurance agent who returns home by train $100,000 if he helps her find a hidden passenger before the last stop. The man takes the money, after which he realizes that he is the victim of a perverse blackmail scheme.

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A woman offers Michael [=MacCauley=], an Irish-American NYPD member turned insurance agent who returns home by train train, $100,000 if he helps her find a hidden passenger before the last stop. The man takes the money, after which he realizes that he is the victim of a perverse blackmail scheme.


-->-- '''Michael [=MacCauley=]'''

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-->-- '''Michael [=MacCauley=]'''
'''Joanna'''


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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[TagLine Every passenger is a piece of the puzzle.'']]]]'']]


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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[TagLine Every passenger is a piece of the puzzle.'']]
->''"A passenger on this train doesn't belong. They're carrying a bag, but you don't know what it looks like. All you have to do is find them before they get off."''
-->-- '''Michael [=MacCauley=]'''



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!!This film features !!''The Commuter'' contains examples of:

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* VertigoEffect: When Michael opens the letter and finds [[spoiler:his wife's ring, letting him know that his family is in danger.]]


* ActorAllusion: Creator/JonathanBanks plays [[Series/BreakingBad a character named Walt.]]



* DeadStarWalking: Creator/JonathanBanks.

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* DeadStarWalking: Creator/JonathanBanks.[[spoiler:Walt, played by Creator/JonathanBanks, dies only a half-hour in.]]


* LovableCoward: Jimmy.

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* LovableCoward: Jimmy.Jimmy, who rarely if ever sticks out his neck in the movie, but is a friendly guy overall, never lies about his lack of bravery and provides some humor to tense scenes.

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** Gwen is seen being given something by her boyfriend that she's reluctant to take onboard, and generally seems a little nervous afterwards. [[spoiler: it is just some fake ID's he wanted brought out to college and was too cowardly to take himself]].


* BadassBeard: Jackson sports an impressive beard that adds to his mysterious, somewhat tough nature. Tony and Jimmy also have beards, but they don't pull off the vibe [[spoiler: although Tony does participate in the IAmSpartacus moment]].



** One girl is seen being given something by her boyfriend right before the train leaves, being very nervous and resistant about it and showing a lot of nervousness later on. [[spoiler: it turns out to have been a bag of fake ID's]].

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** One girl is seen being given something by her boyfriend right before the train leaves, being very nervous and resistant about it and showing a lot of nervousness later on. [[spoiler: it turns out to have been a bag of fake ID's]].

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