Against a dark and cloudy sky, a girl races towards the ocean. A drunk young man follows close behind. “Where are we going?” he groans. “Swimming!” she replies. The drunk boy stumbles and falls; only the girl makes it to the water, which shimmers in the moonlight like a sea of liquid jewels. She dives in. All is calm and perfect. The girl will never return to dry land.
Man, sharks suck. Blake Lively’s Nancy is just trying to catch a few waves off a secluded beach her mom told her about. But a big fish bites a chunk out of her leg, complicating the whole ‘Blue Crush’ vibe.
Surprise! Jaume Collet-Serra has a new movie that doesn’t star Liam Neeson! Unless maybe he plays the shark? The first trailer for The Shallows teases a much smaller thriller from the director of Neeson flicks Non-Stop and Run All Night, and although this is a much more simple film, Collet-Serra’s latest already looks more thrilling and intense than his recent efforts.
Liam Neeson is to director Jaume Collet-Serra what Leonardo DiCaprio is to Martin Scorsese. Neeson has become the action-dad-icon muse for Collet-Serra, who has just cast the leading man in yet another action film. The Commuter marks the fourth collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, following Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night — all of which form a sort of informal trilogy of films in which Neeson plays a man burdened by his past who battles criminal elements while rocking a seriously sweet leather jacket.
Here’s the thing: Liam Neeson is basically starring in the same movies over and over. He’s a living action figure, where you just change his accessories and he can go from air marshall to former CIA agent to hitman, like the one he plays in the first trailer for ‘Run All Night.’ The basic Liam Neeson action figure comes with a leather jacket and a gun, but you can give him different badges, a cell phone, or upgrade his weapons and boom, it’s a whole new story. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but we should all acknowledge it. Go ahead. Try saying it out loud. Feels great.
The last we heard about the attempted remake of 'Akira' was that the film stalled out in development, with Jaume Collet-Serra leaving the project because of budget disputes, and with Garret Hedlund attached to star, but things have mostly been quiet for the last year. Well, the project is back on and Collet-Serra is in talks to return to the director's chair.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra wants to re-team with his 'Unknown' star Liam Neeson for the latest thriller for Dark Castle Productions, titled 'Non-Stop.'