Liam Neeson is an actor with a very specific set of skills. Skills he acquired over the course of a decade spent replicating arguably his biggest movie to date, Taken.
In the time since Taken’s release, Neeson has done Taken sequels, Taken with wolves (The Grey) and Taken on a plane (Non-Stop) and that’s really only the tip of the iceberg.
Now he’s back with one final action movie (he promises) and this one is shaping up to be a bit like Taken, except this time it’s on a train.
Joined by Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill, The Commuter is already shaping up to be a suitably enjoyable action thriller and certainly a hell of a lot more interesting than your average morning commute.
Neeson plays Michael Woolrich, an insurance salesman on his way home who becomes embroiled in an intriguing mystery that will end with him fighting people and shooting guns.
After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is facing a race against times to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on a train with a dark secret.
He’s got to work out who that passenger is and solve another strange puzzle before reaching his designated stop.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the director behind the hugely enjoyable and highly underrated shark-led thriller The Shallows, it’s shaping up to be the year’s first must-see action movie.
Collet-Serra previously enjoyed some success with Neeson too, having directed the enjoyable Neeson action thrillers Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night.
In this exclusive clip from the film, Neeson enjoys a bit of chat with a friendly train worker. Will he end up being the mastermind behind this dastardly plot? Quite possibly, though at this point it’s probably far to early to say.
What’s clear is that Neeson’s Michael is far more like your everyman commuter than Bryan Mills, his ex-CIA assassin turned doting dad in the Taken trilogy.
What’s next for Neeson after The Commuter? Maybe a high-stakes thriller set on a Megabus? Fingers crossed.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.