The Movie “Commuter” Is it based on a true story?

The upcoming film starring Liam Neeson is commuter, a topic so mundane that most people wouldn’t think twice about it. However, The Commuter, which will be released on January 12, transforms the mundane but necessary commute between work and home into an action-packed, twist-filled thriller that takes place almost in real-time. Is The Commuter based on a true story, given that 7.65 million people use public transportation to get to and from work?

Surprisingly, the answer is no. The Commuter is a fictional story written by writers Philip de Blasi and Byron Willinger over seven years ago. They’ve been writing steadily since, but nothing has been picked up — Hollywood can be a difficult town.

 Fortunately for them, after bouncing the script around for a few years, Neeson chose it as his next project. To be sure, luck is a factor, but so is the fact that it’s difficult to imagine anyone other than Neeson playing this role.

 A quiet family man pushed to his breaking point by an extreme situation fights back? 

Sounds like the Neeson Template, as seen in the Taken and Non Stop films. Even Neeson and Non Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra are reunited in The Commuter.

While The Commuter is not based on a true story, everyone involved with the film understood the importance of creating a level of believability for something that so many moviegoers could relate to. “When extraordinary events happen to ordinary people, it’s critical that the first choices these characters make are ones that we, as an audience, agree with, and that the action escalates plausibly as a result of those choices,” Collet-Serra said in a press release.

In The Commuter, Neeson’s ex-cop turned business drone Michael MacCauley has just been fired and is riding home to tell his family when an offer for an absurd amount of money is dropped in his lap. 

According to Vera Farmiga’s mysterious Joanna, all he has to do is find someone “who doesn’t belong” on the train. Most of us would react in the same way that MacCauley did: suspicious, but interested in the money. Only as the plot thickens are we drawn into MacCauley’s main moral quandary.

 What if locating that person ends up dooming them? 

Would you continue to point them out? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writers de Blasi and Willinger stated that they are “attracted to strong, dramatic questions,” and that the twist was added to keep the audience engaged beyond the mystery element.


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