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Non-Stop (2014) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 20 August 2013

 

Jay´s Review

First I have four questions:

  • 1. Do you like movies about airplanes in jeopardy?
  • 2. Do you like edge-of-the-seat thrillers?
  • 3. Do you like to see smart people try to outsmart smart people?
  • 4. Do you like Liam Neeson? (He has become America's most unlikely action hero. Stallone and Schwarzenegger should take notes: NO plastic surgery and no phony white teeth!)

If you answered "Yes" to any or all of the above, have I got a film for YOU!

This time Neeson is a U.S. Air Marshall who, after his airliner is over the Atlantic, receives a text message on a secured network advising him that one passenger will die every 20 minutes until $150M is transferred to an off-shore account. And that is just the beginning of this twisty white-knuckle ride! Of course we KNOW how we want this to end, but can't imagine how it will.

We watch:

  • * Liam Neeson ("Taken 1 & 2") is our hero, a bit the worse for the wear, but a smart, resourceful agent, who can only watch as he is brilliantly framed. We in the audience were as frustrated as he!
  • * Julianne Moore ("Don Jon") is the agitated gal who negotiates for the seat next to our hero.
  • * Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") is the chief flight attendant: wary, watchful and determined to protect her passengers.

There were so many suspects, we were as muddled and alarmed as our hero, but I have never before been in an audience where a MAN screamed out loud. I was so glad he did, then I didn't have to!

This amazing PG-13 script was written by John W. Richardson and Christopher Roach; it has very little profanity and an intense plot, plus fisticuffs and gunfire. Director Jaume Collet-Serra("Taken") held our attention from the first frame. Most of the story takes place on the airliner, so he had to be creative to keep us focused. 

As someone who only has flown small aircraft, I am no more than a rank amateur, so if there are plot holes in this cleverly crafted script, I didn't spot them. You'll either love this one or hate it. Do not miss this thrilling movie!            

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