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Despite receiving the prominent second billing, Vera Farmiga has only about 6 minutes of screen time.
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Towards the beginning of the film when Neeson's character is walking through Grand Central Terminal, there is a poster for Paddington 2, which shared its US release date with The Commuter on January 12th.
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The sixteen personalities that Joanna refers to when she strikes up the initial conversation on the train are the Myers Briggs types.
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Neeson revealed on a talk show that no scenes were filmed on board an actual train. Instead, all of these scenes were shot on a soundstage, with the same single mock-up train cabinet serving as all of them, only slightly redressed, and all the outside scenery added in post production with the help of green screens.
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The second film to feature Vera Farmiga and an incident on a commuter train, following Source Code (2011).
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Liam Neeson and Sam Neill were both contenders for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), which eventually went to Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. Neill was also considered for Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). Additionally, both actors starred in a Steven Spielberg film in 1993 (Schindler's List (1993) and Jurassic Park (1993)).
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Fourth collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson, following Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015).
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The watch Michael wore is Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz, the same watch Liam Neeson's character Bryan Mills wore in Taken 2 (2012).
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Reunites Liam Neeson and Patrick Wilson, who co-starred in The A-Team (2010).
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Vera Farmiga (Joanna) and Patrick Wilson (Alex) co-starred as husband and wife paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle Comes Home (2019) and The Conjuring 3 (2020).
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At the beginning of the movie the book "The Shadow of the Wind", by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, can be seen on Liam Neeson's nightstand. Zafón is from Barcelona, as is director Jaume Collet-Serra.
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Second collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Vera Farmiga, following Orphan (2009).
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When MacCaukey meets the Lt at the bar on his way home the Captain comes in (Sam Neill). He mentions that since his promotion to Captain he spends more time at City Hall than he does on the job, but that it 'goes with the stripes'. Captains and Lieutenants wear bars as signifiers of rank (Lt's wear a single bar and Captains wear two gold bars that look like a section of railroad tracks), only NYPD Sergeants have stripes. He should have said it goes with the bars (or with the rank).
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Elizabeth McGovern starred in movie adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale (1990) with Liam Neeson's late wife Natasha Jane Richardson.
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Liam Neeson and Elizabeth McGovern's first collaboration since Clash of the Titans (2010).
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The phone on the corpse rings and comes up as 'Unknown'. This is the title of another film in which Liam Neeson stars, also directed by Jaume collet-serra.
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Third Collaboration Between Patrick Wilson And Vera Farmiga the other 2 are The Conjuring and its sequel The Conjuring 2.
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The woman "Joanna" has the same name as Liam Neeson's character's deceased wife in Love Actually
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film's plot bears similarities with Neeson's previous film Non-Stop (2014). Both films feature Neeson's character traveling; both characters are looking for a passenger who is hiding something that puts others in danger; they're both suspected by authorities to be the criminals themselves; they both save the day at the end of the films.
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A major plot point is the search for a character named "Prynne," which, as MacCauley discovers, is derived from the Hester Prynne character in The Scarlet Letter (1995), which the character is reading. Captain Hawthorne's name is probably a reference to the man who wrote original novel - Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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The book that Joanna is reading in the last scene of the movie, when Michael approaches her to arrest her, is The Count Of Monte Cristo, a novel about justice, revenge and imprisonment.
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This is the second film to co-star Liam Neeson and Colin McFarlane, following Batman Begins (2005). This is also another film featuring Liam Neeson in which his character is stuck on a train about to derail and/or crash within roughly the last 30 minutes since Batman Begins.
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