"I liked the story and I knew Jaume was going to do something special..." hmv.com talks to Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson's career has been a long and varied one that has taken in a broad spectrum of different roles, from his Oscar-nominated turn as German industrialist Oskar Schindler, to his portrayal of American "sexologist" Alfred Kinsey, via a memorable appearance as Batman's mentor-turned-nemesis Ra's al Ghul in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. But it was Pierre Morel's 2008 film Taken that set Neeson's career on a somewhat unlikely trajectory that has seen the Irish actor become a bona fide action hero and star in a string of high-octane adventures over the last decade.
Several of the films in question have been helmed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who has already directed Neeson in three of his films - Unknown, Run All Night and Non-Stop - and this year saw the director and his leading man of choice hook up for a fourth time.
The Commuter sees Neeson starring as an insurance salesman and former cop whose regular commute turns into nightmarish race against the clock when he meets a stranger (Vera Farmiga) who sets waht initially seems to be a simple task: find the person who "doesn't belong" on the train and place a tracking device in their bag, and in return he'll receive a reward in teh form of an envelope containing $75,000.
However, he soon discovers that there's more to his task than meets the eye, and when he discovers that the woman is working for a shadowy organisation who have kidnapped his wife and son, his task becomes a life-or-death quest that could cost him the lives of his family as well as those of his fellow commuters.
With the film arriving in stores on Monday (May 21st), we caught up with Liam Neeson to talk about his role in the film, why he enjoys working with Jaume Collet-Serra, and whether we can expect more action films in the future.
Watch our interview below...
The Commuter is available in hmv stores from Monday May 21st - you can also find it here in our online store...