Then call it something vague like The Commuter.
So, you probably think that you are about to read a review of a new Liam Neeson action movie.
The plain truth is that The Commuter kicks all kinds of ass. Nothing lets the air out of a crowded theater like a self-serious potboiler, much less a self-serious potboiler needlessly wound into knots. This is the fourth time they have worked together after Unknown, Run All Night and Non-Stop.More news: NYC Sues Fossil Fuel Industry over Hidden Costs of Climate Change
Liam Neeson stars as Michael McCauley, a former police officer, now a father making his way in the world and providing for his family now as an insurance salesman. There, he's greeted by a Hitchcockian stranger on the train (Vera Farmiga) who explains that McCauley will make $100,000 on his ride home if he can only find the person on the train "who doesn't belong". His decade-long routine is interrupted, however, by the arrival of a mysterious passenger played by Vera Farmiga, who asks him to solve a puzzle and uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train. The film is actually directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of Non-Stop and several other Neeson starring vehicles. Needless to say, things are far more complicated than she presents them, and soon enough, all hell breaks loose on the train back upstate. The Commuter knows how to take advantage of its setting and distinguish itself from its predecessors in the process. In Non-Stop, because Neeson's character is an air marshall, he knows numerous airplane crew, which helps him narrow down who can be trusted. The McCauleys lost their savings in that cluster. This is a disaster for Michael, who's five years from retirement and is about to send Danny off to college - adding to the family's already-tight finances. He needs the money.
Collet-Serra isn't pompous enough to package The Commuter as stirring commentary on that global meltdown. "If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life". AKA, no one's expecting this to be a masterpiece, and it's not. (It's worth noting that the film is a love letter to that director's work through and through, from Rear Window to North by Northwest.) Turns out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has Joanna on their radar, that other passengers might be playing her game, too, and that she might have cops in her pocket.
With the president due to leave office in November, Liam also said there is no chance he'll run for president himself; which is slightly disappointing but he's so incredible an actor (not to mention an incredibly nice guy), we just can't imagine him doing anything else.More news: Disney announces new Star Wars: Rivals action shooter for Android and iOS
We had a little chat with Liam at the Irish premiere of The Commuter this evening in Dublin.
It helps that "The Commuter" has Neeson, still a relative joy taking on all these action-oriented roles that have resulted from the success of "Taken", which starred the actor as a man with "a very particular set of skills" trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter. And if you still don't get that the financial ruling class doesn't care about anyone else, he at one point says to a stock broker on his train, "Hey, Goldman Sachs, on behalf of the American middle class: f-ck you!"More news: Fit for Manchester City clash