Non-Stop (2014) – Film Review

Another year, another Liam Neeson movie showcasing his ability to play an angry badass (and I don’t mean that in a bad way).

Non-Stop tells the story of Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), an alcoholic Federal Air Marshal with a troubled past. He is assigned his usual duty of accompanying a flight, however this time danger ensues as he receives a text message stating that somebody on the plane will die every twenty minutes. At the same time, he is being framed and accused of hijacking the flight. And from there the film is a thrilling whodunit, albeit a little dumb at times. However, I would excuse that because I didn’t expect a smart action thriller going into this film. But what I did get was a fun and thrilling ride that was enjoyable.

One of the good things about the film is that it keeps you guessing. There are numerous suspects that seem shady and questionable, making it difficult to figure out the person behind these threats. Director Jaume Collet-Serra does a good job of creating just the right amount of tension to keep the viewer interested in the mystery at hand.

From the outset of the film, you can tell that Liam Neeson’s character has issues. Liam Neeson does a great job as Bill Marks, but then again, he has played a lot of similar characters since Taken (2008) released. However, he is extremely enjoyable to watch and I haven’t yet tired of seeing him in these types of roles. I do hope he does something new eventually. He has a lot of talent that isn’t properly showcased in the films he chooses. A great thing about Neeson’s Bill Marks is that you really feel for the guy. He is trying to protect everyone, while also being accused of being a terrorist and nobody will believe him. It makes you care about what happens to him and it certainly made me root for the man. The supporting actors/actresses are good. Julianne Moore does a good job of portraying the supportive Jen Summers. Lupita Nyong from 12 Years A Slave is underutilized. Corey Stoll from House of Cards plays one of the passengers and he’s entertaining to watch. All the people playing the passengers do a convincing job, which is important considering the mystery at hand. Also, the action scenes are good, but they aren’t anything too special.

Besides all of that, the main thing that brought the movie down was the motives of the perpetrators. In terms of writing, it just felt like a poor motive and I felt that it could have been handled better. Nonetheless, Non-Stop was a fun time. It kept me guessing and I enjoyed the ride.

Rating: 7.0/10



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