Non-Stop (2014)

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Non-Stop (2014)
  • Time: 106 min
  • Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery, Julianne Moore

Storyline:

Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.

8 reviews

  • (Rating: 3,5 / 5) “Non-Stop” commits some smart decisions. Not as predictable as you might expect, ie that the traitor is not resolved under the mechanism of “economy cast” or under the cliché of “the most trust, is the traitor” (two elements that were presented in the Argentine film “Seventh”). Also, there is an interesting twist where passengers, frightened by the 11-S effect, believe that Nesson is the real terrorist because of the vigilance of the same (which revises and passes all looking for the villain). But after that , the film does not differ from well-known proposals of 90’s or 2000, eg “Flight Plan”. That’s why, the viewer knows that everything does the protagonist is routine to complete the footage until the final minutes, where the masks come off. Also, there is some unbridgeable generic process where some passengers behave like idiots to qualify suspects and so Nesson beats them up and discover that they are “clean”, or certain camera planes where actors have a rarely face to the viewer say, “Oh! see his / her look, he / she is the traitor”

    While the director Collet-Serra is competent enough to give thrust to the film (the transitions are fast, never a hard scene a long time and speeds things up to keep the feeling of tension and dynamics), he is a bit awkward in its aesthetic embellished, where one can see the phone messages reflected on the screen of film or even if the cell suffers a broken these messages contain a black cracks to simulate the break. It’s clearly didactic but ridiculous; and also the opening minutes are a bit embarrassing for the quasi- existential “sad” atmosphere that draws

    But these are very minor faults. The film is well directed. Where it is not going so well is poor material in the script, that must face the arduous creative tasks of the rules of this genre… and that definitely fails. For starters, the villain is an enemy in the shadows, is not personified by an actor and his representation are texting cell. Mean, the writers must strive to write clever dialogue that can assemble with phrases and quotes an opponent . While part of the SMS elucidate the extortion of $150 million in exchange for not killing passengers during the span of twenty minutes, the rest of the texting cell where the enemy were boasts of his victory or impunity are pedestrian (some obvious phrases are: “You’re a good man, Bill”; “How far will you go to sabe these people?”; “That was exciting”; “Have a drink, figure it out”), and just make a vulgar villain rather sinister and intelligent.

    And when the villains are revealed, things get a bit more crumble. Two problems arise : the first is that the discovery is pretty farfetched (you must have a golden eye to discover it), too trivial. But the second, more serious, is that the motivations of terrorists to bomb the plane, while hide personal tragedies , not stop ringing infant . Actually is because the film work at all its footage as a thriller and could not develop the enemies to not put in evidence early, so when the revelations are discover, the enemies must shoot at full speed the reasons, and of course the dialogues can not do magic and fix in a few minutes the lack of depth the previous 80 minutes

    After a few minor drawbacks: some dialogues are cheesy or sentimental. Julianne Moore is the most interesting in the performaces but her appearance is secondary, not only in the cast but in the film editing, we see lots of footage without her. The few action scenes are quite dizzying rather enjoyable, there are some quick cuts that difficult to follow. Finally, Liam Nesson is believable as a new action hero, but it is very apathetic either in the few moments of humor as well as interpersonal relationships in the film. He is too stiff and uncomfortable in these situations, eg his voice is very rough for humor

    “Non-Stop” is very entertaining and triumphs simply because the force of inertia is very powerful, courtesy of Jaume Collet- Serra. For the rest: a Nesson lacks humanity, the villains are stereotypes, and the film is a schema. One is not stupid, one knows these productions are for enjoy and Non questioning, know that this is not Woody Allen or David Lynch nor is it intended to be. But one can not help but feel disappointment in these films because are sealed: because the scenario is closed and very limited, there is only room for the schema. “Non-Stop” entertains, but is very bureaucratic in the process, if you already saw other films of the genre then you know very well the seams, from the routines of the characters to the camera planes showing the suspect faces of many people

  • Liam Neeson has officially done it again. Who knew that he could open another dimension to a same type of character that he has played 3 times in the past. It felt fresh to see him play this rugged, calm under extreme pressure, government agent who is the man of the hour. He has explored breadth of this character really well. This is a fast paced action movie with a decent plot. You are here to see how Liam Neeson pulls it off, not the writer or the director. He doesn’t disappoint a single moment. I feel there is room for more of such movies with him in it, if he is up for it. If you need an adrenaline pumped, no-twists revealed until the end kind of a movie this weekend, go check it out!

  • Who else saw the trailer for Non-Stop and thought, “oh dear, here’s another movie that will make me feel ashamed when I go buy the tickets for it, I’ll probably give it a low grade and write a negative review about it – what a waste of time and money!”? I hope it wasn’t just me. I mean, an action movie, set on a plane, and the main character is played by Liam Neeson. Not my kind of movie, to be honest. I just couldn’t understand what Julianne Moore was doing in the movies, as she’s a good actress. Well, it turns out Non-Stop is actually a good movie that managed to keep me interested all the way. I was never bored and some scenes and twists even surprised me. My apologies to the movie makers for my jumping to conclusions!

    In Non-Stop, Liam Neeson plays Bill Marks, a U. S. Federal Air Marshal, and a divorced alcoholic who doesn’t like flying. On the flight from New York to London, he meets Jen Summers (Julianne Moore), who asks him about his private life in order to relieve the fear he feels while the plane is taking off. While over the Atlantic, Bill receives a message on his secure phone from an unknown person who threatens to kill one person every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to a bank account. Bill asks the other air marshal on the plane, Jack Hammond (Anson Mount), for help, but they get into a fight and to save himself Bill kills Jack – at the 20 minutes mark.

    Why did I presume this would be a bad movie? Well, first of all, it’s an action movie. More often than not, little effort is put in creating an interesting and original story to accompany the action scenes in an action movie, and you get a Steven Seagal movie – which means a boring collage of shootouts, explosions and deaths. Fortunately, Non-Stop didn’t make this mistake: its story isn’t original, but it’s entertaining and gripping, and the non-action scenes aren’t just tedious fillers – you can actually enjoy the movie as a whole, as it doesn’t rely exclusively on action. Of course, there are some cheesy and silly scenes, but they don’t ruin the overall enjoyment this movie provides; they just temporarily relieve the tension in the scene.

    In action movies, acting can be bad, because who cares about the actors as long as there’s guns and fire and car chases and bad guys dying? Again, Non-Stop avoided this trap gracefully. Liam Neeson is good, most of the time, Julianne Moore is great in every scene, and none of the other supporting characters feels unnecessary or acts bad. The only disappointment may be represented by the villain, who, when finally discovered, doesn’t really have time to leave an intimidating impression, and whose motives are kind of silly and unbelievable. It would almost have been better had he remained faceless throughout the movie, but this wouldn’t have made much sense. Overall, Non-Stop is a good action movie whose flaws are easy to ignore, and I’d recommend it for a Friday evening with friends.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • If you think you have seen enough airplane thrillers after Red Eye, Flight Plan etc, think again. This one is actually entertaining well paced, well written, not too outlandish, and it has a good cast. The story keeps you guessing long enough and there is a nice sense of who is who among the characters on board.

    Liam Neeson the action hero who doesn’t have to move too much does a convincing job as the air marshal dealing with a threat coming from someone texting. Julianne Moore works well with him as a passenger. Michelle Dockery shows her versatility – she can play the aristocrat and the flight attendant equally well.

    It’s exciting till the end and well done.

  • Non-Stop 7.5/10- Action movie+Liam Neeson= Awesome film. Everyone should enjoy Non-Stop. The trailer makes you believe it is just a decent action movie, but it is much more than that. Mystery movies are truly an unappreciated genre in film and Non-Stop is the closest thing you can to a solid mystery movie nowadays. It is not in the Murder on the Orient Express territory, but it is a great “who done it” type of film with action legend Liam Neeson at the helm.

    Part of the reason Non-Stop looks so appealing to everyone is that we have all seen Liam Neeson in this type of role before. He has no clue whats going on, but he is smart, and can beat the crap out of anyone. This is without a doubt Liam Neeson’s bread and butter movie. He could have carry this movie if he had to, but thankfully the movie actually brought other good components to the table other than an A-list lead actor.

    Aside from the movie Flightplan, no other films have really taken place entirely on an airplane and the setting alone is a breathe of fresh air. Now to the plot, you know from the trailer that there will be a few twists and turns, but still the presentation of these twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat despite the fact that you knew it was coming. You really have no idea who the person sending him the texts is going to be. You think you have it figured out, but then the director knew you would think that and eliminate that option and keep you guessing. No one in the theater knew it was going to be who it was, not even me.

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  • This film is not recommended.

    Oh, that dreaded third act! It destroys many great works of art, be they books, plays, or movies. While Non Stop is no great work of art in anyone’s mind, the curse remains with this nifty little mystery thriller. The musty old premise of this whodunnit can go back to the superior puzzler, Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians: People are being systematically murdered aboard a plane and it is up to our hero to find the culprit and end this crime wave.

    Liam Neesom again is typecast in this action role as an alcoholic lawman who is forced to solve this mystery. (At least, he brings some authority and gratis to his role as the air marshall aboard the plane.) But as the story evolves, so do the loopholes in the plot. The film sets up its red herrings as interesting suspects, but becomes more ludicrous and illogical until it finally disregards the mystery and resembles a pure action film with its far-fetched conclusion. The execution of the murders are strictly preposterous and it is never fully explained how the killer had the know-how and ability to act out this scheme.

    Talented actors are wasted in this standard story: Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Corey Stoll, Lupita Nyong’o, and Linus Roache. That is the real crime afoot. That three people contributed to this screenplay (John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, and Ryan Engle) is an even greater mystery. Direction by Jaume Collet-Serra is merely adequate, although he does keep the action moving. The special effects are routine but acceptable. The film was moderately entertaining and kept me guessing until its disappointing revelations unraveled with its dumb ending.

    Non-Stop left me non-plussed. GRADE: C+

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  • If you go in thinking that you’re gonna see Die Hard on a plane, or Taken on a plane, or Passenger 57 (ugh), or whatever, think again. It’s not that kind of a party. I mean, I wouldn’t quite qualify what I just saw, a full-on action movie. No, Liam Neeson’s newest winter release (he does a lot of those) kinda plays out more like a drama, or a thriller, or a more violent, less comedic version of 1985’s Clue. Yes, I’m talking about the current number one hit at the box office, Non-Stop. Yeah, its got a couple of neck cracks and head butts. However, if you’re set on seeing Neeson play action guru at an outrageously alarming rate, check that notion right at the door. For most of the way though, the proceedings grab you within the first 15 minutes without letting go. It’s an old fashioned ride but it has a little bit of everything. Its got a little Twilight Zone in it, a whole lot of paranoia courtesy of Neeson, and a storytelling device consisting of cell phone texts as heightened subtitles (this was also used briefly and effectively in 2013’s Fruitvale Station). Overall, Non-Stop isn’t totally first class entertainment (get it), but as a cheeky, nous of a movie, it sure as heck gets the job done.

    Taking place on a 747 flight from New York to London and featuring a slow moving opening scene consisting of the art of people watching, Non- Stop examines a jobless, alcoholic, air marshal in Bill Marks (Neeson). He comes off as sad, lonely, and disconnected (his daughter died of cancer at age 8 so what did you expect). It’s not quite revealed why he gets on the plane but within a short time period, he receives text messages from a would-be terrorist bent on killing a passenger on board every 20 minutes (until said wacko gets a 150 million smackeroos). Neeson’s Marks then decides to save the day by interrogating everyone on board until the culprit is rightfully found.

    One of the passengers featured on British Aqualantic 10, is played by Julianne Moore as Jen Summers. Moore’s role feels out of place in this thing as it did in last year’s Don Jon. Her presence is a slight hiccup for me here but it’s no big deal. Another passenger is a flight attendant played by newly crowned Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Compared to her turn in 12 Years a Slave, her screen time as Gwen Lloyd barely registers at all. The only reason I remembered her being in Non-Stop, was of course the funky Grace Jones-style haircut. Finally, we have Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery playing flight attendant Nancy Hoffman (another possible suspect and there are lots of them). She’s solid in a role that involves a lot of reacting (which some say, is harder than actual acting).

    Anyway, despite an ending that seems like cheesy, tacked on Hollywood smut (I was kinda hoping that there would be another twist to make the film a tad more exhausting (and that’s a good thing)) and most of the players in the cast exhibiting acting that is at times, mediocre, Non- Stop still works for two reasons. Its suspense factor is completely off the charts because it’s a whodunit. That’s the hook. When you find out who the actual hijackers are, it seems like sort of a letdown because there are so many other juicy, suspicious characters to choose from. It doesn’t matter though because almost 80% of the previous amount of running time is riveting, nail biting stuff. Well crafted in a Sherlock Holmes sort of way by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, the second reason Non-Stop works is of course, Liam Neeson. Masculine, tall, and all grizzled up, he’s still one bad dude. He’s also in my mind, the coolest movie star on the planet. He slips into the role of Bill Marks like a comfortable old shoe. And basically, he could play this part in his sleep (or in a coma, I’m serious).

    So without further adieu, you should get in your car, drive to the movie theater, buy a ticket, grab a big bucket of popcorn, and get settled in. Yeah, it’s that time again, time to get “Neesoned”. All aboard!

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  • “I’m not hijacking this plane. I’m trying to save it!”

    Not very original, but unnerving exciting at times. “Captain Philips”, “Speed”, “Last passenger” and “Under Siege”. There isn’t a vehicle that drives, sails or flies, and it has already been hijacked in a movie. It seems as if Liam Neeson really likes playing in action movies. And just like in “The Grey” he’s a person who struggles with his past.

    Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is an Air Marshal who actually has an aversion to flying. Because of the loss of his little daughter, he’s a bit in the doldrums. The beginning of the movie shows a decrepit, not so fresh looking Marks, pouring a bit of whiskey in his coffee. A security guard with an alcohol problem who’s about to get on board of a trans-Atlantic flight. That’s asking for trouble. Shortly after the takeoff, he receives text messages via the secure network with the requirement to transfer $ 150 million to a bank account. If he doesn’t meet the requirement, someone will be killed every 20 minutes. And so the search for the perpetrator among the 150 passengers begins.

    All in all it was a highly entertaining film with a constant tension. It’s a long time ago that I’ve watched a movie sitting on the edge of my seat and wondering who would be the one who’s doing this. All the time someone else is a suspect what eventually makes it more fun to watch. There have been made ​​several thrillers that take place on a plane. It’s the ideal location to make an exciting film. But there are quite a few strange twists in this film. I got the impression that Marks was on his way to London, to be dishonorably discharged. Looking at the conversations it seems like his superiors didn’t have much confidence in him as a security guard. If he’s so psychotic and unstable, why didn’t they ask the second security guard who’s onboard to take over ? The news was also a bit exaggerated again. If such a tricky situation would arise on board of an aircraft, the news would surely be more discrete. And i would love to see somebody doing in reality something like Marks did, when he flies around in a freefall and grabs his gun which is hovering around him.

    Ultimately, these are only minor futile remarks that won’t change the fact that it’s a clever story. The claustrophobic feeling and the feeling that you are so vulnerable up in the air, is constantly present. The scene in which text messages are floating around Marks, are wonderful to see. Neeson shows again in a convincing way a resolute and alert agent, despite his personal misfortune and the allegations against him. The general feeling prevails that he completely lost control. He has such a stature that exudes confidence, despite its small imperfections. Julianne Moore is the cold-blooded Jen whom he met on the plane accidentally. A woman who, as we learn later , wants to have a window seat for medical reasons and thus ends up beside Marks. Jen eventually becomes his refuge and the only one Marks trusts. The supporting roles are reserved for some familiar faces like Scoot McNairy (Monsters , Killing them Softly , Argo , 12 Years a Slave) , Michelle Dockery (Hanna) , Nate Parker (Red Tails) and Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave).

    I haven’t been bored during this film. It’s just a hostage drama, but the pace of this movie makes sure you don’t have the time to consider this. The only low point was the uncovering and the revealing of the motivation to start all this. The whole plan is so ingeniously put together, and then they come up with such an uninspired plot again. The compulsory dramatic part where Neeson informs the passengers about his misery and you see the embarrassed and sympathetic glances, was extremely clichéd. It seemed as if the lack of time made them come up with a quickly invented ending. Despite that it’s still a nice thriller, but it won’t leave a lasting impression.

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