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Liam Neeson's new thriller looks totally ridiculous and fun as hell

We’ve all been deeply satisfied with the overall results of Liam Neeson, unexpected action star, even when the individual films have been occasionally less than stellar. And while the actor himself may have decided this whole “kicking ass and toughing tough” thing may have finally run its course, he’s got at least one more delightfully implausible thriller to show us, and if the above trailer is any indication, it looks like he might be going out with a wonderfully silly bang.

The Commuter reunites Neeson with his frequent collaborator, director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, Unknown) for what may be the third and final entry in what will hopefully become known as their “Who Are You And What The Hell Is Going On” Triptych of films. Neeson plays whose daily commuter train ride home suddenly goes massively off the rails, possibly quite literally. The always-welcome Vera Farmiga (who between this and Source Code is rapidly becoming Hollywood’s go-to actor when a script calls for “a Woman and a Train”) appears as a mysterious fellow traveler and offers him an opportunity: For $75,ooo, uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the last stop. Neeson soon realizes he’s caught in a large criminal conspiracy, and it has a ticking clock. Everything about this has the potential to be absurdly fun—here’s hoping it hits the claustrophobic highs of the pair’s Non-Stop. The Commuter pulls into theaters in January 2018.

Alex McLevy is a writer and editor at The A.V. Club, and would kindly appreciate additional videos of robots failing to accomplish basic tasks.

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