Liam Neeson may have just announced his retirement from action movies but, as the trailer for his swansong effort The Commuter shows, he’s not done just yet.
The movie sees Neeson cast as every day insurance salesman Michael, who encounters a mysterious stranger, played by Vera Farmiga, who sets him the task of finding a hidden passenger who “does not belong” on his train home.
But what starts out as a curious hide-and-seek thriller soon sees Neeson back on familiar ass-kicking ground, with the trailer showcasing several fist fights and the occasional bit of gunplay.
It basically becomes Taken but on a train and that shouldn’t come as a shock given that the movie is being direvted by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Collet-Serra has a pretty nifty side line in making Neeson-led Taken knock-offs. There was Non-Stop, which was basically Taken on a plane and also Run All Night, which was basically Taken except Neeson had a son rather than a daughter this time around.
He also made The Shallows, a pretty decent shark movie starring Blake Lively, so it’s good to know Collet-Serra has something to fall back on once the Neeson action movie work dries up.
The Commuter looks suitably daft and also features Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill and Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks (previously known as Beverly Hills Cop’s Jonathan Banks).
Something tells us one of those three are definitely the individual that “does not belong”. Unless it ends up being Farmiga herself. That would be a lame twist.
The Commuter is released in UK cinemas on January 19, 2018.
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