Something’s off about Liam Neeson’s commute

Liam Neeson’s latest action flick, “The Commuter,” which hit theaters Friday, takes place on a commuter train the most seasoned riders may recognize as an embellished version of Metro-North.

The film sees Neeson’s character, Michael McCauley, get wrapped up in a dangerous proposition on his commute from the city to Westchester County when a mysterious stranger offers him $100,000 to identify a certain passenger by the end of the line. Consequently, the film takes place almost in its entirety aboard the “Metro-North.”

“The Commuter” doesn’t flat out state that McCauley’s riding the MTA railroad line. But, if we were to place the tale at all in reality, we’d have no choice but to compare the insurance salesman’s ride to that of an average city commuter. That in mind, the film gets several details wrong when it comes to its depiction of life on the New York rails:

  • The line Neeson boards looks like an old C train with Metro-North seats.
  • It leaves Grand Central Terminal, but makes several underground subway stops that the real-life commute line doesn’t make.
  • The riders sit across tables and chat — even playing cards together in a totally nonexistent Metro-North feature — giving us Amtrak vibes, if anything.
  • A Metro-North commuter train that has enough open space and empty cars for Neeson to conduct his action scenes?
  • The train is held at Harlem long enough for Neeson to watch a character exit, walk downstairs to the street, cross to a corner and get shoved into a bus. Oh, wait, given the spate of train delays recently, that might not actually be so far-fetched.

With Meghan Giannotta


You might also like

  • 1:52 pm
    Protected bike lanes are coming to 26th, 29th streets
  • 1:00 pm
    Women's March on NYC to shut down midtown streets
  • 12:52 pm
    How the Grammys will honor victims of gun violence
  • 12:13 pm
    Dylan Farrow details Woody Allen molestation allegation
  • 11:52 am
    Goldman Sachs exec's ex-assistant stole $1.2M of wine: Prosecutors
  • 11:39 am
    Where vinyl and drinking converge
  • 11:00 am
    The ‘Divorce’ storm has passed in season 2 of HBO’s drama
  • 10:39 am
    NYCHA picks private partners to improve scattered site units
  • 10:00 am
    Amazon's HQ2 will be in 1 of these 20 locations
  • 8:52 am
    2 suspects arrested after speeding car hits cop: NYPD
  • 8:13 am
    Nearly 1,500 street homeless now in housing: Mayor
  • 7:39 am
    Man beats 4-year-old daughter with bat: Cops
  • January 17, 2018 Wednesday
    January 16, 2018 Tuesday
    Show More