Liam Neeson‘s quiet ride to work is about to go off the rails, according to the new trailer for his action/thriller The Commuter. The veteran actor’s career took an interesting turn back in 2008 when he starred in the thriller Taken. Thanks to Neeson’s performance, the simple hook and strong word of mouth, the modestly-budgeted action flick became a big success. In addition to two Taken sequels, Neeson went on to tackle action roles in films like The A-Team, The Grey, and A Walk Among The Tombstones, among others.
The actor has also become a regular collaborator with director Jaume Collet-Serra over the past few years. The two have collaborated on a number of thrillers with stripped down, Hitchcockian premises, including Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night. Collet-Serra is also the director behind 2016’s surprise hit The Shallows.
The two have reunited once again for The Commuter, a thriller about a salesman who is forced by a mysterious stranger to uncover the identity of a passenger on his commuter train. While the first trailer for the film leaned on mystery and suspense, the latest preview proudly displays some of the fights, plot twists, and action setpieces. Any viewers wary of spoilers may want to be careful with this new trailer, because it seems to give away a lot of surprises.
Overall, the setup for The Commuter - which co-stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Sam Neill - looks pretty similar to another Nesson/Collet-Serra effort Non-Stop; just on a train this time instead of a plane. Still, it will give fans of Neeson plenty of opportunity to see him punching bad guys, running away from explosions, and threatening people over the phone. The actor gave some of his fans a scare when it was announced he was retiring from action films due to his age, but that statement was dialled back a few days later. He has, however, ruled out another Taken movie.
Neeson has been moving towards more dramatic material in recent years. He played a conflicted priest in Martin Scorcese’s period drama Silence last year, and real-life Watergate whistleblower Mark Felt (aka Deep Throat) in drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House this year. Collet-Serra briefly flirted with the idea of directing Suicide Squad 2 earlier this year, but turned the position down in favor of working with The Rock on Jungle Cruise instead.
- The Commuter (2018) release date: Jan 12, 2018