To be honest I wasn’t that excited for Non-Stop. I love Liam Neeson, and he does tend to nail the plethora of action roles he’s subscribed to late in his career, but a film that was coined by some as “Taken on a plane” just didn’t interest me.
Luckily my viewing options for tonight were Non-Stop or 300 Rise of an Empire. So an easy choice, and a good one, because apart from a clunky ending, Non-Stop lives up to it’s name in an action orientated popcorn thrill-fest.
Liam Neeson plays the role of US Air Mrashal Bill Marks, who, whilst on the job aboard a trans-Atlantic flight, gets a series of cryptic messages on his secure message network, claiming that unless $150 Million is payed into an account, one person aboard the flight will die every twenty minutes.
Neeson again nails the role of the action hero, but this time he plays somewhat of a has been role, an alcoholic ex-cop who has become an Air Marshal to escape his life. And now trapped on a plane with a terrorist, who seems intent on making the viewer think Bill Marks is having a mid flight mental breakdown, Director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps the action tight by throwing so many curve balls you start suspecting everyone on the plane.
The difficulty however is how to end such a thrill ride, and sadly for Non-Stop it’s a bit of a crash and burn, with the film quickly diving into silliness during the final moments. Still, the ride is more than worth it.
Rating: M Violence and offensive language.
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