johnlink ranks NON-STOP (2014)

Hey, what do ya know? Another Liam Neeson action flick. Why do they keep getting made? Well, despite some flaws, they are usually good for a couple hours of entertainment. This one all takes place on a plane. So, sure, I’ll always give something like that a look.


I watched NON-STOP (2014) on 4.20.15. It was my first viewing of the film.

Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is an alcoholic. He’s depressed. He may or may not be terrible at his job. Usually, none of those things much matter to the world at large. But Bill Marks is also an Air Marshall and the flight he is on is being threatened.

There are plenty of potential suspects. There is the pretty woman who asked to sit next to him, Jen (Julianne Moore), there is the guy who says he is a cop (Corey Stoll), the flight attendants (Michelle  Dockery and Lupita N’yongo), the nice guy teacher (Scoot McNairy), the pilots (Jason Butler Harner and Linus Roache), the other air marshall (Anson Mount), the computer guy (Nate Parker), and the Muslim doctor Omar Metwally). Heck, even Marks’ boss on the other end of his phone – voiced by Shea Whigham – begins to become suspicious.

NON-STOP is a movie which constantly teeters on being unbelievable. For a stretch in the second act, it threatens to become redundant as Marks bounds around the plane looking for some person who keeps texting him. He recruits some people, and then distrusts those same people. His paranoia is legitimate, and as an audience we see a man who is trying to be good but is constantly finding himself in increasingly terrible positions.

That Director Jaume Collet-Serra manages to keep this all on the tracks is impressive. This movie is nothing more than a standard action movie, but it does what it does well enough. Because the ultimate reason for the villainous acts don’t seem to tie into anything thematically (even if it is bold in referencing 9/11), this doesn’t particularly feel like a movie which rewards repeat viewing. On the other hand, the movie addresses some legitimate issues regarding the level of trust we all take on when being asked to fly with a community of 100 people we have never met before. There is also a decent point to make about the immediacy of news and how reporting without information can be a dangerous endeavor.

So, while this is certainly a movie which finds ways for Liam Neeson to look for bad guys and try and fight people, it is also a movie which tries to make a statement. The statement may not be nuanced or new, but it is better than nothing (or at least deserves credit for trying).

This is a fun movie, probably a forgettable one, but one which is absolutely worth seeing once.




FINAL SCORE: 6.5 out of 10

~ by johnlink00 on April 21, 2015.

2 Responses to “johnlink ranks NON-STOP (2014)”

  1. So goofy, but also unpredictable. For that reason, it remained fun to watch. Nice review John.

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