Anyone who has watched The Commuter understands all too well how much better a glorified B-movie can become when it recruits an A-list cast to put on their best straight faces and handle the ridiculous material as if it were a genuine life-or-death situation.
While his fourth film with director Jaume Collet-Serra isn't even their best work together, as a Liam Neeson action thriller, you know exactly what you're going to get from the star. However, the supporting cast made the sheer silliness of it all a damn sight more entertaining than it had any right to be.
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Letitia Wright, and Florence Pugh are just a few of the well-known actors who appear in small to major supporting roles in The Commuter, and none of them treat the film with the smug disregard that it is for almost all of them—a paycheck gig.
Before his train's final stop, Neeson's insurance salesman is ordered by an unidentified voice to locate a crucial passenger, which forces him to investigate the underlying scheme before everyone on board is killed. After making $120 million at the film office despite receiving mixed reviews almost five years ago, The Commuter has managed to reappear on the Netflix rankings before departing the station.
According to FlixPatrol, the ludicrous flight of fancy has been climbing the ranks quickly over the previous few days. Neeson's reputation is more than enough to encourage customers to examine his back catalogue, and the plethora of recognisable stars who are joining the cast undoubtedly assist.