Movie Review: Non-Stop

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Non-Stop poster verticalIn a post 9/11 society it occurs to me we haven’t had a movie which focuses on the Air Marshals. Non-Stop decides to stop this dry spell and cat aging action hero Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, an alcoholic, world-weary, tired air marshal who has no desire to take his next assignment of a transatlantic flight to London.

Non-Stop as several familiar faces of hew on the scene stars. Corey Stoll of House of Card fame is a passenger, Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery are flight attendants Gwen and Nancy. When Bill is waiting to board his flight we see how he scans other passengers. We also see that a select few are aware of his presence as an air marshal. When he settles into his flight and ends up seated next to Jen played by Julianne Moore. She’s rather chatty and loud but he’s not completely annoyed by her. Also on the flight is another air marshal Jack Hammond played by Anson Mount. He on the other hand isn’t known to the crew like Bill is.

Non-Stop doesn’t waste time getting the action going and unfortunately the trailer gives a lot away. Someone starts sending him anonymous texts on his government issued secured line phone. The premise in case you missed it is that one person will die every 20 minutes until $150 million dollars is wired to an account. And yes people do die on schedule. The film tries a lot of misdirection with who the killer could be and points the finger as several different people who are not it. We even have a Muslim doctor on board to make the passengers hysteria levels higher. At different parts Bill has to ask for or demand the help of passengers. The doctor (Omar Metwally) is one of the few people aware of the dead piling up. Zack (Nate Parker) a passenger he has an issue with before boarding, his seatmate Jen and flight attendant Nancy become very vital to him trying to not only figure out who’s doing this but the bigger issues.

Non-Stop’s saving grace is in all its predictability I actually didn’t know who the bad guy was in the end. Well I did know some of it but without giving it away you’ll have to watch to see. The entertainment value is good enough. The pacing is fine but I wouldn’t be rushing out to see Non-Stop. For the action genre its definitely good enough to rent.
My Rating: Redbox
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Studio: Universal
Release Date: February 28, 2014
Run time: 106 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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