Toronto Ontario - When The Globe and Mail asked if I would consider writing something about Liam Neeson's latest action thriller, "The Commuter", I eagerly agreed.
Not since "The Taking of Pelham 123" has Hollywood fare given public transit such a platform.
I imagined a storyline that had Neeson's daughter, stuck on a shuttle bus, or worse, waiting for a shuttle bus, because the subway was closed for signal upgrades.
Frantically calling her negligent father, frustrated, and angry, on the verge of hate-tweeting, she pleads with him to just hurry up and come get her.
Or maybe Neeson's daughter and wife are delayed on a crowded train trying to decipher announcements, all the while staring in horror at a bag occupying a seat, or witnessing a grown adult actually wearing his backpack, rather than taking it off as a courtesy to those around him.
Everything I'm about to tell you is prohibited under TTC Bylaw No. 1.
And every one of these things happens in "The Commuter".
Here are some points and sage advice to consider should a distressed Liam Neeson board your train one day:
The "see something, say something" public-service campaign seen on North American transit systems to encourage the reporting of suspicious activity gets several nods in "The Commuter", but no takers.
Shockingly, no one can even be bothered to record or tweet a single extraordinary event, of which there are several, on this commute from hell.
Experience dictates that this journey would trend on Twitter for a good 30 minutes at least.
As a public service, allow me to report that I saw something, "The Commuter".
I am equally compelled, then, to say something, get a transfer.
The Commuter opens across Canada 12 Jan 2018.
Brad Ross - Executive Director of Corporate Communications for the Toronto Transit Commission.