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Goofs from The Commuter

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  • The "Hudson North" commuter train was a veiled representation of the actual Metro North trains than run from Grand Central Station in New York City to Westchester County. These trains go directly from Grand Central Station and make only 1 stop in Manhattan, 125th St. Mike's train made several stops in Manhattan which could only have been made by the Lexington Avenue subway line before reaching 125th St. In addition there is no commuter train stop at Yankee Stadium (there has been a Metro North station since the opening of the new stadium). At Yankee Stadium the Lexington line is elevated, running to the east of the Stadium, not underground as portrayed in the movie,.
  • Early in the film, Neeson is walking across the main concourse in Grand Central Terminal toward the East gates. Sunlight reflects on the floor through the windows on the east wall. No sunlight has reflected on the concourse floor since the construction next door of the old Commodore hotel in 1929. The old Commodore (now the Grand Hyatt) is actually on the South/East side of Grand Central. The windows on the East side (above the Apple Store) are unobstructed and sun does come through.
  • Hudson Line trains have green paint, Harlem Line blue and New Haven red. At one point the train is on the West side of the Hudson, the Hudson Line runs up the East side of the river.
  • After Neeson is hit on his face a little boy is pointing to his nose because it's bleeding. He takes a tissue and that one is all ready red before cleaning his noise/face.
  • As they are trying to decouple the train's last car, there's an outside shot of the train speeding by. The train speed is high, but not one of the leaves of the trees close to the tracks seems to move.
  • The train Neeson's character rides is the Hudson Line of Metro-North, yet the station stops depicted as he returns home from Grand Central Terminal to Tarrytown are clearly NYC subway stops (86th Street, etc.). Metro-North commuter trains do not share train tracks or station stops with NYC subway lines.
  • Before Liam boards the train in the morning he has a winter hat, which is gray in color changes to red. And again changes back to gray color after he walks few more steps.
  • When Alex and Michael are having a drink, captain Hawthorne is having a drink in the very same restaurant when Michael leaves to catch his train. After that, Michael takes a train ride that is at least long enough for it to turn completely dark outside. Yet, when the train is derailed at the very end of the ride, captain Hawthorne is at that very same location in a police car within minutes.
  • Ten Mile River is in the Harlem line, not the Hudson line. Shows driver at front window with train going North - not possible. Trains to Cold Spring are diesel, not electric. An end window would be at the back of the train. The train is going North but Hudson is on the right of the train. Wrong side.
  • When the emergency brake on a train is pulled, it does not require any action from the engineer to stop the train. The system will force the train to stop (quite quickly, in fact) and will require human intervention only to reset the system to get the train moving again.
  • The station names depicted in this film have purple bands. Metro-North's Hudson line is considered to be a green line and thus uses green bands above station names.
  • One of the "stations" between Grand Central Terminal and 125th Street has "HP" mosaics on the wall - - HP stands for Hunts Point Ave in the Bronx - - a NYC subway station which does not share the same tracks as Metro-North.
  • After coming out of the portal but before 125th Street, they cross the same bridge twice (which is on the NYC subway 6 line and does not even share the same tracks as Metro North).
  • In the film, Tarrytown station has two side platforms and two tracks while Beacon station has four tracks. The actual stations are opposite, Tarrytown has 4 tracks on two island platforms while Beacon station has two tracks.
  • There is nothing remotely like the scope the police snipers have at the end of the film. Nothing (but complex, close-range, multi-antenna, experimental systems in university labs) can see through walls. Nothing can see through metal walls, and if they could, they would not be able to magically "tag" certain people.
  • A large number of passengers on the Beacon-bound train disembark at 125th Street. All northbound Metro-North Hudson line trains going that distance to Beacon would not allow anyone getting off that train as 125th Street is a stop only to receive passengers. Also, the majority of these customers would use the nearby NYC subway between Grand Central and 125th Street.
  • We see alternating shots of McCauley and the conductor at ground level in Westchester County, along with the engineer operating the train on elevated tracks in NYC.
  • Alex stabs and slices several people many times in the final fight scene, yet when he drops the knife there isn't a speck of blood on it.

Spoilers

  • The end of the film takes place on a commuter train in Chicago, yet the single-level interior shown is similar to the interiors shown on the Metro-North trains in New York. Chicago commuter rail cars are double-decked "gallery cars" which bear little resemblance to commuter trains used in New York.
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