The End Of Liam Neeson’s New Action Movie Takes Place In Beacon
This weekend, I settled into a movie theater to go see The Commuter, aka Taken On A Train. It's the new Hitchcock-esque thriller starring Liam Neeson in the lead role, about a man riding a train who finds himself in an extraordinary situation. As a result, he punches a lot of dudes in the face.
I'm a fan of the wave of Liam Neeson action movies that have been hitting pretty steadily since Taken hit theaters nine years ago, and he's often done his best work with director Jaume Collet-Serra (if you haven't seen Non-Stop, quit reading this article and go watch it, it's awesome). This is Neeson and Collet-Serra's fourth movie together, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect; what I didn't see coming was that the movie would take place right in my own backyard.
Almost the entire film takes place on one train ride, and it just happens to be an MTA train riding from Grand Central Station to Poughkeepsie. It's a line that most of us have ridden many times, and familiar stops make an appearance throughout the entire movie, like Tarrytown, Garrison, and Cold Spring.
And then, we get near the end of the movie, which takes place entirely at the Beacon train station. I'm watching Liam Neeson jumping from train car to train car and I'm thinking, "This is happening like five minutes from my house!" It's pretty cool, even though it's clear if you're familiar with the area that the movie didn't actually film anywhere nearby.
Of course, Liam Neeson is no stranger to the area. When he's not smacking guys in the face with a guitar neck, he lives in Millbrook.