Movie Review: Non-Stop

Non-stop movie review Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson seems to have made himself a stereotype, but it's a stereotype that works: he's just plain good at being in action movies. Non-Stop is no exception, and it's a fun ride (no pun intended) until the very end of the film.

Bill Marks (Neeson) is an air marshal who has stumbled upon rough times lately. He's an alcoholic who had a sick child, and he's on a six-hour flight to London. As soon as the flight takes off, he gets a text message over the plane's secure network saying that every twenty minutes, someone on the airplane will be killed, unless he wires $15 million to an offshore account. Marks immediately tells the pilots and crew, but it turns out the bank account is in HIS name; which, of course, ruins his credibility. The only people Bill trusts on the plane are the crew and Jen (Julianne Moore), who was sitting in the seat next to him when he got the first text. Bill must now figure out who is sending the messages before more people die, and the answer might be surprising.

This movie was action-packed and will keep you guessing until the end - it's a bit of a whodunit combined with an action thriller type of vibe, since you can't get off the airplane once its mid-air. My guess as to who the culprit was kept changing throughout; at one point I suspected several different passengers, at another maybe even the pilots or flight attendants. Neeson is very good at playing these types of roles, like I mentioned above (Taken and Taken 2 are prime examples of this), and him plus Julianne Moore do well here. Lupita Nyong'o (who has an Oscar nomination for 12 Years A Slave) has a very small part here as well, with maybe four lines maximum, so I wonder if they filmed this before 12 Years, when she wasn't as famous.

Yes, see this movie. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes a good mystery and/or an great thriller. It's interesting to see how the tables slowly start to turn on Neeson's character, and what the passengers decide to do about it as well ... it's interesting to think about what you would do if you were ever in a similar situation, as well. I wouldn't even mind seeing a sequel to this film although I'm pretty sure there won't be one - but you never know.

Non-Stop is in theaters today, February 28th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 106 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

Comments

  1. That is my husband's kind of a movie. But I wouldn't mind to watch it with him :)

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  2. I noticed the previes this week and was thinking I needed to check out if you had seen it yet. Yeah for me you did, now i know what to do for date night!!

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  3. Sounds like a movie I'd enjoy! I agree - Liam Neeson always seems to play the same type of guy, but I'd say that's pretty typical. As long as the movies he keeps churning out are entertaining (and not a repeat of EXACTLY the same thing every time) I'll keep watching!

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  4. I have trouble getting in Liam Neeson movies because they tend to feel like the same roles. The other half, however, will enjoy this very much!

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  5. Thanks for the review. I was thinking about seeing this one. Looks like a fun one for the big screen.

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  6. I bet my husband would really love this movie

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  7. I'm still a little sick to my stomach over Taken. It was so intense!! This one will be good for my husband, who can handle those suspenseful movies.

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  8. Great review! It looks really intense.

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  9. Looks like an intense, but great movie

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  10. Enjoyed reading your well written review LP. I also enjoyed this film :)

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  11. We had free passes to a screening of this but couldn't go. I think Liam Neeson does well in action films. It seems that a lot of the former heart throbs (though I still think he's hot) have found their second act in action roles (like Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks and Three Days to Kill). I also love Julianne Moore so hopefully this one will come to my local discount theatre. It seems like a film like this would look better on a bigger screen. I like that it kept you guessing who the culprit was; as often is the case it's too easily figured out. Great review; I'm adding this to my list of "to sees."

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