So Liam Neeson will be Taking some stuff again, it seems like. Here’s the synopsis for his new movie, “The Commuter,” which seems, as a whole, to be an unnecessary venture:
In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers.
This movie is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the man behind “The Shallows,” which is actually a totally okay movie. So maybe this will be something. It’s far more likely, though, that this will be nothing. Presumably Liam Neeson will have some skills or some such, and he will probably shoot a gun or two (or, at the very least, have a gun or two shot at him) and there will be vaguely action-y things happening throughout. Neeson will not likely be an Oscar contender for his role in this film (but you can never know for sure).
“The Commuter” also stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. It is scheduled for release on January 12 opposite a far more important picture, “Paddington 2.” Remember “Paddington?” That scene where the bear causes some poor family’s bathroom to flood and white-water-rafts down their staircase and a good time is had by all? Ooh, imagine if Liam Neeson voiced Paddington. And it was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Now there’s an essential movie. I’ll tell you this for free: I would watch it. And I’m sure America would t0o.