Liam Neeson’s collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra has yielded first rate entertainment fare (Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night), and now the pair board an entirely different train (literally) with The Commuter.
Neeson stars as an insurance salesman who is threatened by a stranger (Vera Farmiga) to identify a passenger before the train hits its final stop. Failure to achieve that mission will presumably lead to a horrible fate for all the commuters, and Neeson must think fast on his feet to save the day. The final trailer has just been released, and even though it features a rather obvious movie line (Neeson commands “You stop this train now!”), it definitely delivers the goods. Since this is awards season, it’s great to have a straight up palette cleanser like The Commuter just around the corner. Check out the final trailer below and tell us what you think!
Liam Neeson’s go-to director is Jaume-Collet-Serra, as they have previously worked on the action/thrillers Non-Stop, Run All Night, and Unknown. Their latest offering The Commuter has the same breakneck tension as the previous releases, as Neeson plays an insurance salesman who must uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the train hits its final stop. If he fails at his mission, this commuter risks the lives of himself and his fellow passenger.
Collet-Serra’s last feature had Blake Lively taking on a shark in The Shallows, and the filmmaker is one of today’s best genre storytellers around. Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, ElizabethMcGovern and Vera Farmiga co-star in The Commuter, and since Neeson has previously stated that this will be his final action movie, let’s hope he makes this a memorable one. Check out the new trailer below and tell us what you think!
Jaume Collet-Serra, director of 'Unknown' (Credit: Jay Maidment/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director Juame Collett-Serra teams up with producer Joel Silver once again with the thriller Unknown, the story of a doctor (Liam Neeson) who believes his identity has been stolen by another man (Aidan Quinn). Collett-Serra showed immense creative growth with his 2009 effort Orphan(also produced by Silver), a picture surrounded by talented actors (Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga, CCH Pounder). With Unknown, Collett-Serra ensures his genre film is once again populated by more than capable thespians (Diane Kruger, January Jones, Quinn, and of course Neeson). “I’ve been a fan of Liam’s for a long time, probably ever since I was born because he was already making movies,” said Collett-Serra, who also directed the 2005 horror picture House of Wax. “I think he has both the physical intensity and the emotional intensity and makes everything really compelling. And that was the one thing that was important with this movie. You really get to feel what the character is going through and Liam did a fantastic job.” Unknownis a suspense film that pays a slight homage to Alfred Hitchcock, and Collett-Serra explains why Berlin was the perfect location to shoot his latest film:
Liam Neeson in 'Unknown' (Credit: Jay Maidment/Warner Bros. Pictures)
The thriller Unknownhas an intriguing enough premise: a doctor (Liam Neeson) has survived a car accident in Berlin only to discover that his wife (January Jones) does not acknowledge him and another guy (Aidan Quinn, who worked with Neeson in Michael Collins and The Mission) has assumed his identity. Is the doctor just insane or does his theory hold a bit of weight? Helping him get to the truth is a woman (Inglourious Basterds’ Diane Kruger) who may hold the key to his salvation. Directed by Orphanfilmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra, the picture is a throwback to the first rate thrillers of yesteryear. “In a nutshell I think it’s an edge of your seat thriller with kind of an homage thrown towards Alfred Hitchcock and movies of that ilk in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s,” says Liam Neeson, who was last seen in the summer film The A-Team. Click on the media bar and listen to Diane Kruger explain why she loved her emotionally complex role in Unknown.