Non-Stop (15)

Liam Neeson takes the star role in Non-Stop, a movie about one man’s mission to save a hijacked plane. For a change Neeson isn’t playing a man on the hunt for his wife, but more a man battling against himself.

U.S Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that threaten to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

However it arises that the airline is more than aware of Bill’s drinking problem and they decide to err of the side of caution rather than listen to him.

Then as the hijackers promised one passenger is brutally killed 20 minutes later. The airline will have to listen now surely?

Miles above the world, Bill is the only line of defence his fellow passengers have against utter destruction. But as an alcoholic who has made a lot of bad calls in life, this Air Marshal isn’t exactly the hero you’d hope for if you were trapped in this precarious predicament.

The odds seem stacked against Bill when more details that make the passengers question his sanity are revealed, including the whereabouts of his daughter Olivia.

Either he is the one chance these people have, or he is the one that has orchestrated the hijacking. Their lives are quite literally in Bill’s hands.

Non-Stop has Neeson doing what he now does best – looking hacked off and punching people uber hard, often in confined spaces, whilst worrying about his daughter.

The movie is full of action from start to finish and leaves you guessing right until the very end. I can’t fault Neeson, his performance as usual is sublime. His on-screen chemistry with Julianne Moore, who plays a fellow passenger and potential suspect, is exhilarating even when the mood is tense.

The cast is full of truly talented performers, from Neeson and Moore to House of Cards’ Corey Stoll, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, Red Tails’ Nate Parker, and 12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o and Scoot McNairy. No matter how small some of their roles are, the ensemble commits to the terror-laced scenario, infusing the film with a thick static of panic.

Non-Stop isn’t the best action movie you will ever see, but it is one that will make you think. So if you fancy taking a break from the mediocre rom-com yawn-fest go along and see for yourself how thrilling this movie is.

By Ruth Walker
★★★☆☆

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