Jan 172018

Liam Neeson talks about his film ‘The Commuter’

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Liam Neeson talks about his film ‘The Commuter’. Here is what he has to say

• On what gives the movie a thrilling momentum – The story almost plays in real time. The main character realizes what he’s set in motion and sets out to identify the person that holds the key to the conspiracy. So the tension cranks up at every stop at a station as new passengers get on, and another clue is left for him. The danger gradually gets greater and greater and the film becomes this really fast-paced psychological thriller along the lines of a Hitchcock‘s Strangers on a Train or North by Northwest.

• On director Jaume Collet-Serra – I love working with Jaume. I met him six, seven years ago when we did Unknown and he and I just clicked. He makes my job easier and he says I make his job easier, which is the ultimate compliment to me. Jaume’s a real filmmaker; he’s always thinking of the overall arc of the film and where the story’s going.

• On his approach towards fight scenes – I don’t do my own stunts, I leave that to the experts, but I love the fighting. I’d rehearse and rehearse with Mark and the stunt guys – you have to, otherwise you get hurt – after the shooting day ended and it was great fun. It demands a level of fitness so I was in the gym for 45 minutes every morning before going on set, but that’s part of the fun.

• On Vera Farmiga and her role – Vera plays a very mysterious character and she’s such a wonderful actress that you’re never quite sure if she’s all that she makes out to be. “Is she a cop? Is she FBI? Is she a baddie or what? She plays it very, very close to her chest. She’s always been on my bucket list of actresses to work with.

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Oct 242017

Until 2008, we were engrossed in watching the likes of Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Daniel Craig; beating the shit out of villains on-screen. However, after the release of ‘Taken’, things changed. The world found a new action star in Liam Neeson and the result was these incredible list of movies – ‘The Grey’, ‘Unknown’, ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ and ‘Non-Stop’. He not only proved his mettle but also showed the world that he is one of the strongest contenders in the race of action heroes, which is why the news of him retiring from action movies appeared as a shocker to many of his fans. 

'The Commuter' Trailer: Liam Neeson Is The Ultimate Badass© Lionsgate Films

This means there won’t be any suspicious phone calls, no more bullets flying in the air, no more running after assassins inside trains and buses, and no more requests or orders to save people. Now, before all that supposedly ends, let’s watch Neeson in full throttle once again in this upcoming action thriller ‘The Commuter’. Don’t get confused by the name! It might sound like a romantic movie where two strangers cross paths with each other during a journey and how they fall in love and live happily forever. Although the first few seconds might dupe you into believing that, the rest of trailer is at farthest end from any fairy tale. Last month, the makers released an intriguing teaser of ‘The Commuter’. Now that the trailer is out, you can go and bite your nails in confusion and anxiety as to what will happen next. 

The movie reunites Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked together on ‘Non-Stop’. The trailer begins with a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) who offers a lucrative deal to Neeson to unravel the real identity of a man on the train and our guy, who should by now get used to such random jobs, has only a limited period to fulfill the task. How a regular businessman’s life gets entangled in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute weaves the rest of the plot. Moving ahead, things soon turn nasty as people started getting hit by buses, trains derail, his loved ones’ lives are put at stake and of course some kickass action inside the train between Neeson and ‘the guy’ in question. 

The movie also stars Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Banks and is expected to hit the theatres on January 12, 2018. 

Sep 152017

Just as Liam Neeson announces his retirement from action/thriller films because he feels he’s too old to play an action hero (hear that Shah Rukh?) we’ll see him in what we assume his last thriller, ‘The Commuter’, coming out early next year. The film seems enticing enough to hold our attention (at least that’s what we figured from the trailer) and it unfurls a dramatic criminal conspiracy Neeson is badly stuck in (as per usual).

We will see Neeson pair up with director Jaume Collet-Serra once again for this gripping mystery that unravels on the commuter rail that Neeson’s character takes daily for his commute. Micheal Woolrich (Neeson), an insurance salesman on his daily commute to work meets a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) who drags him into a criminal conspiracy and lures him into an enticing opportunity, which obviously comes with a downside.

Liam Neeson's Starring In A New Movie Early Next Year© slashFilm

The conversation between the two characters start when she sits next to him on the train and asks him to solve a riddle and uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train he’s on. Somehow the riddle turns a bit deadly and before you know it, Micheal is racing against time to solve the mystery before the last train station!

Okay, we’re not going to give away anymore of the movie. You can watch the teaser below and see what the fuss is all about.

‘The Commuter’ marks Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra’s forth movie together (enough already!), their last project being ‘Run All Night’, which was released back in 2015. We just feel this movie will do really well for Neeson post his big ‘retirement’ announcement. We expect to see a lot of his fans excited for this one as it might be his last thrillier’ish movie. Naturally you can expect Neeson to run through carriages holding a gun perhaps? And some phone action as well.

Liam Neeson's Starring In A New Movie Early Next Year© MovieWeb

His debut as an action hero was with the hit ‘Taken’, where he played a government official who is trying to find and reconnect with his daughter (watch it if you haven’t already!) and now with a dozen action movies under his belt, he plans to call it quits, right after ‘The Commuter’ hits the screens, second week of January, 2018.

Wait this one out; it’s definitely worth the winters!