Non-Stop review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
When you mention the name Liam Neeson these days seems to suggest a kind of unconventional action hero, a buttoned up closed off man willing to do the dangerous things to save those important to him. While his Non Stop character doesn’t quite fill that role the film has many similarities to a similar aeronautical picture, the Jodie Foster starrer Flight Plan. The two put someone in the uncomfortable position of trying to protect people on a plane knowing little about the threat they face.
Non Stop follows US Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) as he boards the flight from hell. When he gets on board he receives a message from an unknown source on his phone telling him that if he doesn’t get the airline to transfer 150 million dollars to an offshore account then he will kill everyone aboard the flight. While Marks tries to catch the culprit word starts to spread around the passengers that Marks might be the man behind it all.
While the film never really travels outside of what is comfortable and safe about action films it does an admirable job of bringing new life to a played out story and Neeson is clearly having fun playing the abrasive but admirable Marks. He is joined by Julianne Moore who is equally entertained by the film's sense of enjoyment and, most of all, entertainment. They both play into the films obvious charms and distract you from the glaring plot holes, silly side characters and unbelievable ending.
The film makes good use of its extremely limited space as the film takes place entirely on the plane as Marks attempts to solve the case. The film does dip into Bourne esque fighting towards the end dragging you out of the idea that this ordinary officer of the law can handle such a manic situation 40,000 feet in the air but overall its a wild romp through old school movie mystery elements and it does exactly what it is supposed to, entertain and make you forget real life for a few hours.