<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Quinn McColgan, Jason Butler Harner
Non-Stop is an interesting whodunit at 30,000 feet with Liam Neeson in a movie far better than his horrendous Taken 2.
Non-Stop is reminiscent of Jodie Foster’s Flightplan, the mystery on board a futuristic jetliner where Jodie’s character was made to believe in things that weren’t necessarily true. Non-Stop has gotten far better reviews than Flightplan and perhaps it should.
Continuing his run in action B-movies, Liam Neeson – who despite his dishevelled demeanour doesn’t look like a 61-year-old – plays Bill Marks, a US Air Marshall who looks like a disturbed individual with a drinking problem. On his assigned transatlantic flight, Bill received text messages on his phone (on the plane’s on-board Wi-Fi network, in case you’re wondering how) threatening death to a passenger or crewmember every 20 minutes until the perpetrator gets $150 million into his account. The only problem here is that the account is in Bill’s name.
Fasten your seatbelts
Airplanes always make for thrilling locations. The enclosed space, lack of control and seconds-away-from-disaster fear that people have of flying are great to push you over your seat’s edge.
Bill ends up with a couple of dead bodies as he frantically searches the plane for the ‘terrorist’. In the meanwhile, on the ground, the media has already made this troubled man out to be the ‘hijacker’. And the passengers on-board don’t know what to believe.
Non-Stop is well paced and manages to keep the suspense palpable as suspicion shifts from one passenger to another including Bill’s new friend Jen played by Julianne Moore. Not till the end is the villain revealed.
Sit back and enjoy the ride
Non-Stop was a lot better than I expected it to be especially after Liam Neeson’s Taken 2. He’s not an actor one can depend on to provide quality cinema anymore. Loved him in The Lego Movie as the voice of Bad Cop/Good Cop though! Thankfully, the screenplay by John W Richardson and Christopher Roach as well as direction by Jaume Collet-Serra provides plenty of suspense and mystery to Non-Stop.