New Trailer: Liam Neeson in ‘The Commuter’


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Liam Neeson in a scene from the new trailer for “The Commuter.”

In 2008, Liam Neeson kicked his career into a higher gear when the surprise-hit action movie “Taken” scored one of the biggest openings ever for a Super Bowl weekend. So it’s no wonder his latest thriller, “The Commuter” (due in January) debuted its new trailer during Fox’s N.F.L. coverage on Sunday.

The film is the fourth collaboration between Mr. Neeson and the director Jaume Collet-Serra. Their most successful vehicle to date, “Non-Stop,” took place on board an airplane, and “The Commuter” shares a similar transportation theme. The star plays an insurance salesman who must determine which of his fellow railroad passengers is in mortal danger — or risk the safety of his own loved ones.

The plot contains echoes of “Strangers on a Train” as well as “Murder on the Orient Express” (director Kenneth Branagh’s all-star remake of the Agatha Christie whodunit opens next month). The cast also includes Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, both veterans of the wildly successful horror franchise “The Conjuring.”

Mr. Neeson, 65, was recently quoted as saying he was retiring from action films, then walked back the story. Given his particular set of skills — and the commercial failure of his most recent drama, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” — “The Commuter” might not be his last trip as an action hero.