Non-Stop (2014)

Non-Stop-Liam-NeesonStarring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Omar Metwally, Lupita Nyong’o

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

PG-13. 110 mins

In yet another needless French-produced action flick, Liam Neeson stars as U.S. Air Marshal, Bill Marks – a rugged man whose personal issues will have to be put on hold while he saves the lives of every one on board a transatlantic flight from New York to London.

Set almost entirely on board the airplane, viewers watch as Marks receives a series of cryptic messages on his cell phone which demand that 150 million dollars be wired into an off-shore account or else, every 20 minutes, someone on the plane will be killed. Of course, Marks has only a short window of time to uncover the truth and save his fellow passengers. The premise is absolutely ridiculous, but some audiences may enjoy the suspenseful action, if only as an escapist affair.

Non-Stop reunites both Julianne Moore (Chloe) and director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) with Neeson who, at the age of 61, consistently manages to bring strength to each role. This is one of many action flicks starring Neeson and while the stories are almost always lacking in the intellectual department, the likability of such an actor seems to keep bringing audiences back for more. Somehow, Neeson’s presence is just about the only thing that keeps this film from flying completely into orbit with it’s ludicrous plot twists and nonsensical characterization. Poorly executed and foolish in it’s use of talent, Non-Stop crashes under the weight of it’s self-inflicted injuries.

 

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