Non-Stop (2014) – Review

Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a highly skilled federal air marshal, traveling on a transatlantic flight from New York to London but at the same time he’s struggling to overcome his daughter’s tragic death – turning to drink as a result. While on duty, he receives a series of text messages from an apparent fellow passenger, demanding 150 million dollars to be transferred into an offshore bank account. If this isn’t done, the perpetrator promises to kill a fellow passengers every 20 minutes for the duration of the flight. A surprisingly entertaining movie that keeps you entertained and guessing from start to finish.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, Ryan Engle
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o

It could be argued that the year 2014 was one of the best for movies, with some great titles being released – Birdman, Interstellar, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler and John Wick, just to name a few. But a hidden gem among these flicks must be Non-Stop, and after being faced with the prospect of a four-hour flight myself, I decided on watching this to kill some time. A decision that turned out to be a good one.

The story was relatively straight forward and easy to follow – it also did enough to keep you guessing as to who the perpetrator to the ludicrous demands was. The filmmakers made the movie in such a way that it was clever enough to make you suspect each of the characters highlighted on the flight in each scene, chopping and changing along the way, making it close to impossible to guess who was responsible. At one stage, you’d even be forgiven for suspecting just about anybody and everybody aboard the flight.

The cast wasn’t too extensive but in a flick like this it didn’t have to be, as a large majority of the movie was based on a single plane journey that was heading from New York to London. Liam Neeson basically starred as Liam Neeson, and did a terrific job portraying the alcoholic and discredited air marshal Bill Marks. He came off as a very likeable lead character and I’d go as far as saying the movie wouldn’t have been the same without him. Elsewhere, Julianne Moore co-starred as Jen Summers, who was effectively a shoulder to cry on for the lead character, while Lupita Nyong’o starred as an air stewardess who didn’t get the screen time she perhaps deserved.

As a mystery thriller, this one certainly did no shame to its genre and if you’re taking a flight anytime soon, I’d suggest strapping in and watching Non-Stop. It had plenty of action and suspense to keep you entertained along with a good plot and backstory too. Certainly worth the watch.

It’s worth noting that Non-Stop is currently streaming on Netflix.

“I’m not hijacking this plane. I’m trying to save it!”

Bill Marks – Non-Stop

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