NON-STOP (2014 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Stars ììì

Non-Stop—a wanna-be white knuckler—fails before the audience can get to that lasting ‘edge-of-your-seat’ thrill that quality action flicks deliver due to its consistent need to ‘explain’ itself. The result is: the story keeps returning to simmer before it can really get to boil. Good acting by everyone involved, but the film doesn’t exploit the talents of its cast for that A-grade movie feel.

Storyline

Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), while flying from New York to London, gets a text message on his phone that if he does not put money in a prescribed bank account someone on the plane will die within 40 minutes. Bill Marks goes to great lengths to find who on the plane is responsible and in the process kills fellow Air-Marshall, Jack Hammond (Anson Mount). A pilot dies of food poisoning and then, after all that, Bill Marks finds that more than one person is involved in the plot to get rich by threatening mayhem and destruction. So, in case you are wondering, in the end, Bill Marks survives, the plane lands safely, and the honorable passengers disembark alive, except for the few dishonorable ones, of course.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director Jaume Collet-Serra. Thank you to Executive Producers Olivier Courson, Herb Gains, Steve Richards, and Jeff Wadlow for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jen Summers (Julianne Moore), Nancy (Michelle Dockery), Austin Reilly (Corey Stoll), Tom Bowen (Scoot McNairy), Gwen (Lupita Nyong’o), Dr. Fahim Nasir (Omar Metwally), Kyle Rice (Jason Butler Harner), David McMillan (Linus Roache), and Agent Marenick (Shea Whigham).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s a B-grade movie that made A-grade money. So, it’s your call, folks.

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