The Commuter is a Hitchcockian mystery thriller

Updated: Jan 20, 2018, 09:55 IST | A Correspondent

His reaction when he read the script of 'The Commuter' - It's a spiritual sequel to Non-Stop. With a mystery evolving around your central character, it has more impact if your protagonist is a normal guy

The Commuter

His reaction when he read the script of 'The Commuter' - It's a spiritual sequel to Non-Stop. With a mystery evolving around your central character, it has more impact if your protagonist is a normal guy. That's very Hitchcockian. I like movies played from the main character's point of view so we know exactly what he knows at the same time that he knows it. The audience is with him every step of the way so we learn that his family is in danger only when he does. We wanted to keep the camera on the train but imply that his family was in danger without showing it. That's another very Hitchcockian device and it really dictated the visual style because we had to have enough going on in the train to justify us staying there

On working with Liam Neeson again for the 4th time - Liam can do no wrong. He's an amazing actor. On every movie I've done with him I'm like a kid on Christmas morning on the first day of shooting, waiting to see what character he's going to show me. He has the character so fleshed out from shot one, day one, and I can see his mannerisms, his eyes. I know every detail of Liam's face and behavior obviously, but he still surprises me in every movie that he's able to completely change and create new characters with different subtleties

On casting Vera Farmiga - I love Vera. We had an amazing experience on Orphan, and I've wanted to work with her ever since. And I wanted to work with Vera and Liam together so when this character came up she was my only call. I literally begged her to do it and she graciously accepted and did a wonderful job obviously. She manages to infuse scenes that are basically a lot of exposition with character and energy but so effortlessly. She mesmerises the camera and, through the camera, the audience. Seeing her and Liam together is the most fun that I've had in a long time.

What he hopes to achieve from 'The Commuter' - If my movies have something that unifies them it's the fact that when I grab you you're there with me and I don't let you go until the end! I hope this does the same thing. It's similar to my other films but one of the reasons I wanted to do it was to prove to myself that I could basically riff on the same tune and make it completely different. It was a challenge to do a similar movie in a completely different way, get completely different things out of it, completely different themes, but have a similar experience of not knowing what's going to happen while getting real emotion from the characters.

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