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!
Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger in 'Unknown' (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)
The suspense thriller Unknownwas the #1 film over the weekend, as it took in $25.6 million. Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) co-stars in the film as a taxi driver who helps an amnesiac (Liam Neeson) uncover a conspiracy. “I thought it very smart and I love how detail oriented it was,” said Kruger, who also starred in Troy and Wicker Park. “I also really liked the book (titled Out of My Head). I thought it was fresh, it wasn’t a remake, it felt really smart. I specifically loved the dynamic between Gina and Martin’s (Neeson) character.” Click on the Media Bar and listen to Kruger explain why Liam Neeson is a first rate leading man.
Pictured: Liam Neeson stars in "Unknown," which was number one at the box office this week.
The holiday weekend produced considerably weak numbers at the box office, but the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown still managed to bring in $21.7 million and position itself in first place.
The sci-fi thriller, I Am Number Four landed in second place with an unimpressive box office take of $19.4 million.
Disney’s animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet, based on William Shakespeare’s classic story Romeo and Juliet took in an additional $19.2 million for its second week in theaters. The pic, which was in third place for its debut held onto that position this week.
Just Go With It, the Adam Sandler–Jennifer Aniston romantic-comedy dropped from first place to fourth for its second week in theaters. It brought in an estimated $18.4 million in additional revenue, still nearly $20 mil away from its $80 mil budget.
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is in fifth position in its first week out. It brought in an estimated $16.2 million between Friday and Monday, which is halfway to meeting its $32 mil budget.
January Jones stars in the action thriller Unknown, currently the #1 movie at the box office. While this movie could easily have been filmed on a studio lot, the producers chose to shoot most of it in Berlin, Germany where the entire movies takes place.
Jones told us that having the film’s crew from many different regions of the world gave this film a true feeling. (Click on the media bar below to hear January Jones)