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Last stop for Liam Neeson the adventure hero in The Commuter

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12.01.2018

If you're at Grand Central Station and you see Liam Neeson boarding your train, get off. If there's one thing his recent spate of against-the-clock thrillers has taught us, you'll be in for a bumpy ride.

No one is more surprised by the actors later-in-life reinvention as an action hero than the towering six foot four Irish actor himself. But at 65 he has made no secret that he thinks he's getting a little long in the tooth for these high octane shoot-em-ups.

“They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff,” he told the press recently. “I'm like: “Guy's I'm sixty-f—ing five.” Audiences are eventually going to go: “Come on,” he said.

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Come on, but not yet. It was the unexpected box office success of 2008's Taken that started Neeson's action hero trend. If we're being honest here, it also started the formula, because since then he has played a slew of former cops and hitmen that get back in the game when someone he loves is attacked or threatened.

Some, like Taken, have been major box office hits, whilst others like the repulsively brutal A Walk Among The Tombstones haven't fared quite so well. But the studios have sent him eye popping contracts for his services and often he has signed up.

In The Commuter the internationally admired 65 year old actor is back as a former cop who has made the more lucrative career transition to insurance salesman. Neeson plays Michael McCauley, an Irish born immigrant who on the surface seems to embody the self-made American dream.

McCauley has a wife (Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern) a college-bound son (Dean Charles Chapman) a luxury SUV and a tony townhouse in the leafy suburbs. He's an........

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