I have to say I’m loving Liam Neeson’s re-invention as an action hero. Starting of course with Taken he is now the go-to guy when some bad guys need an ass-kicking (and Jason Statham isn’t available). Is Non-Stop another box office hit for action man Neeson?
Neeson plays an US Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks travelling on a flight from New York to London. Bill has already got a few problems in his life following his divorce and drinking problems. His life is about to get a whole lot worse when he’s receives text messages on his secure phone from an unknown source demanding money or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.
A word of warning, the plot for Non-Stop is very, very silly. My sister even went as far as to say it’s preposterous! Nothing makes sense, a lot of coincidences seem to have to take place in order for the hijacker’s plan to work and said hijacker’s reason for the hijacking is underwhelming. It doesn’t help that Bill is an Air Marshal who hates flying! Talk about being in the wrong profession. It is also amusing watching the ways Bill manage to accidentally incriminate himself further, taking extreme measures instead of handling things in a more professional manner. It’s no wonder people start to suspect him of being unstable.
Despite all this, I have to say I enjoyed this film. It is stupid, but fun. If you disengage your brain and not worry about things such as plausibility then at times it’s a tense, exciting film. Theres some fun to be had trying to work out who the hijacker is and who the next victim will be. It’s never boring, and is a thoroughly entertaining ride
Apart from Neeson the only person who gets any meat to their role is Julianne Moore as a passenger Jen who sits next to Bill and gets herself involved in the complicated plot. Michelle Dockery tries to add more weight to her role as a stewardess but hasn’t got much to work with, while the recent winner of Best Supporting Actress Oscar Lupita N’yongo is thoroughly wasted in this film.
No doubt many people will hate this film and won’t be able to get pass the plot holes-of which there are many. However if you allow yourself to put any distractions such as believability aside, Non-Stop can be plenty of fun.
Rating 3/5-silly, implausible and makes no sense what so ever, but god damn it I was entertained