Non-Stop (2014) Movie Review
Released : Feb. 28th, 2014
Reviewed : March 2nd, 2014
Genre : Thriller
Film Length : 106 Minutes
After the huge success Liam Neeson saw after his role in Taken which made him a ideal action star for modern films. He continues this trend for him in the new thriller Non-Stop.
We follow Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) who is a Air Marshall with a troubled past who upon a international flight starts receiving texts on a closed network where a madman is threatening to kill someone every 20 minutes. Soon though is events spiral out of control and Agent Marks is made out as a hijacker it is up to him to find out who is behind all this and save the plane and passengers he has sworn to protect. Now the film relies heavily on watching Agent Marks try to scope out everyone on the plane.
Since 95% of the film takes place on a plane means that there isn’t a whole lot of room to explore of create random scenes from. This is one area where the film shines. They do well working with a small spot. The film moves along at a steady enough pace and throws twists at you to keep you intrigued. Though the end twist itself is far out. The last 15 minutes or so takes the film, speeds it up 200%, and throws insane amounts of crazy at you. It somewhat kills the pacing and story that the other hour and half of the film tried building.
Non-Stop does provide some solid acting at least. Liam Neeson plays the same action role he’s been playing for years now. Nothing new to see with him. Julianne Moore as Jen Summers though I found to be the weakest link acting wise. Her role was nothing outstanding or new and I felt like she was bored the majority of her time. Other actors including Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, and Corey Stoll do a decent job but again fail to leave a lasting impression.
Overall while the film may keep your attention it will never amaze you. A decent story mixed with solid acting and just decent action scenes mixed with a way too over the top ending leaves the film at odd ends. It’s worth a watch but not much more.