If I didn’t know any better, the first trailer for Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter would have me thinking it was a remake of Non-Stop but, rather than taking place on an airplane thousands of feet in the sky, it would be taking place on a moving train. However, that isn’t the case with the latest Liam Neeson mystery-thriller, though the two films appear to be very much alike.
Neeson’s characters always seem to find themselves in the worst of situations and, unfortunately for Michael, an ordinary businessman on his daily commute home, he is no different from the rest of them. You see, when Michael crosses paths with a mysterious woman named Joanna (Vera Farmiga), his commutate becomes anything but routine when he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that bears life and death consequences.
The Commuter marks the fourth collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who previously worked together on Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, and it will likely be one of the last between the two unless the latter decides to veer away from action-packed filmmaking in the near future. “I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f******-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on,” Neeson remarked at the Toronto International Film Festival. “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff.”
Collet-Serra’s latest Hitchcockian thriller was written by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi and also stars Patrick Wilson and Jonathan Banks. The film is expected to open in theaters next year on January 12, 2017.