“Non-Stop” starring Liam Neeson was definitely action packed, exciting the audience and engaging them throughout the movie. It was a film that had you going, “It must be him!- No it’s her!” all movie long.
As is expected of most movies starring Neeson, the film is designed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Whether or not it managed to do so may be debatable, but the film did leave a lingering question in everyone’s mind: Who is at fault?
Neeson plays a washed-up cop turned Air Marshal who actually claims to hate flying. As the flight is taking off, his nerves are extremely apparent, but once in the air he seems to calm down a little.
Unfortunately, Neeson begins receiving unusual texts messages from a hijacker demanding 150 million dollars wired into a private account and threatening to kill the passengers of the plane one by one until the money is handed over. What’s strange about it is that the account is actually in Neeson’s name.
Every now and then, the camera will zoom up close on one of the plane’s passenger and immediately you’ll think you’ve got the whole thing figured out. But then, a few minutes later, the focus is on another suspect. It’s not until the end of the film that the true culprits come to light in a surprising turn of events.
What was truly great about “Non-Stop” was its ability to turn from the obvious. Pretty much all action flicks that are currently in theaters can be decoded within the first few scenes of the movie. To actually feel the suspense of a mystery made “Non-Stop” worthwhile.
Still, the movie had its downfalls as the production was without a doubt less than great. It’s focus seemed to turn on a younger generation; half of the movie consisted of messages from the hijacker to the Air Marshal flying across the screen. It was a little bit too cliché for my taste. It definitely took away from the maturity of the film.
All in all, the movie wasn’t bad. I’d give it about a 3 out of 5 rating. It might not be worth 10 dollars a ticket, but once it comes out on the dollar rental, it’s definitely a film I’d recommend- especially if you’re a fan of any of Neeson’s other films.