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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Liam Neeson
Julianne Moore
Scoot McNairy
Michelle Dockery
Corey Stoll
Lupita Nyong’o.
Directors
Jaume Collet-Serra.
Screenwriters
John W. Richardson
Christopher Roach
Ryan Engle.
Running Time
110 minutes

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Non-Stop
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Plot
Aboard a transatlantic flight, an air marshal (Neeson) is taunted by a villain bent on murder and mayhem. He will look for them, he will find them and he will kill them.


Review
Non-Stop
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The fact that Liam Neeson has become an action-flick staple is fairly amazing, given the fact he’s rarely broken into a jog on screen, let alone delivered a spinning wushu attack. But where Taken at least gave him some hard-boiled one-liners as compensation, the sub-Hitchcockian, stunt-sparse Non-Stop (rarely has a film title been so inaccurate) makes it impossible for even the stolid Neeson to quicken pulses.

An undercover air marshal by the name of Bill Marks — presumably Mark Bills was already taken — he’s introduced sitting in a parked car outside an airport, sipping whisky. “I hate flying,” he growls. “The lines. The crowds. The delays.” Two hours later, you’ll likely be sharing his aviophobia. A well-made thriller can squeeze plenty of suspense-juice out of a single, claustrophobic location. A shonky one can fast become interminable. Almost entirely set aboard an “Aqualantic” jet, Non-Stop is scuppered by its assortment of deeply dull characters — including a jockish NYPD cop (Corey Stoll), a nervous flier (Julianne Moore) and a stewardess (12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o, here stuck with 12 Words A Role) — plus the fact that, as a whodunnit, it’s fatally flawed.

In lieu of interrogations, chases and the like, the vast majority of the film is comprised of Neeson tapping text messages into a mobile phone, as he’s taunted by a shadowy adversary. Occasionally the texting happens in a toilet; sometimes there’s a typo and he has to tap back and fix it. None of this makes the endless SMS-ing any more exciting. To make matters worse, the shrill alert noise the hero’s phone makes EVERY TIME he gets a message becomes so maddening that it soon becomes tempting to root for the killer instead.

Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who made the impressive Orphan but also House Of Wax and rubbish Neeson vehicle Unknown, tries to inject energy with a fist-fight and a last-minute splurge of CGI. But Non-Stop is weak sauce, a cheapie snoozer that not even heavyweights like Neeson and Moore can save. And the solution to the mystery, when it finally comes, is so dotty and unguessable, it might drive you to whisky yourself.


Verdict
In-flight entertainment comparable to watching the back of the headrest. Just stop.


Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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RE: Nesson Airways

Please see rules on asking other people to do your homework - they've been given a special thread in Movie Musings just to make them easier to find ... More

Posted by megmchugh at 09:58, 04 July 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Nesson Airways

Non stop? No go morelike, dreadful ... More

Posted by SQUATCH at 10:56, 09 June 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

L: horribleives Why should anyone be enbarassed about giving Taken one star anyway? That reviewer wasn't the only person who thought it was utter shit. did too ... More

Posted by bozo at 04:21, 10 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Non-Stop

Though Non-Stop is far from bad it is also not quite great. If you have nothing better to do this weekend and feel like a burst of action then I say go see it. 3/5 Average s of Lee ... More

Posted by Evertonized at 19:34, 09 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Great Film

My favorite part of this movie, was the fact that it takes a plot that is implausible, and makes it as plausible as possible. You can definitely tell that the writers did their research on air marshals, airplane mechanics, etc. There was not one moment in this film that I was bored, and it was filled to the brim with twists, and turns. There definitely is a lot that went into this movie, and even though it'll have you thinking more deeply about the security of airlines, most of all it's ju... More

Posted by saimiz at 14:07, 08 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Non-One-Star-Stop

You know what it's like your a US Air Marshall on yet another flight. Someone somehow on your flight taps into your top secret phone network threatening to kill someone every 20 minutes on your plane unless you arrange for the airline to transfer $150 million into an account...I know don't you just hate it when that happens! Worst of all the account belongs to you and their framing you for it. Well things just go down hill in more ways than one from there including a bomb that you can't switch ... More

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Posted by Cruisecontroller at 00:04, 08 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Great Film

It's absolutely bonkers, but it's not 1 star. 3 stars from me. ... More

Posted by odddaze at 11:01, 06 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Great Film

This is a 3 star movie through and through. Empire is wrong. Those calling it amazing are also wrong. No arguments. ... More

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Posted by xlostxjoeyx at 09:47, 06 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Great Film

@Lenara Your review suggests you have a slight problem actually reading a film. You imply that you think the motive of the killer is the message of the film. It isn't at all. Having a character say something doesn't mean that's what the audience is supposed to think. Plus, how are you seeing the bad-guys as left-wing?! e rabid homeland patriots, willing to kill their own people to make a political point that homeland security isn't tough enough. What the hell's left-wing about that? Also:... More

Posted by Osric at 16:33, 04 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Great Film

You realize the guy who took the cocaine past security was also an air marshall? ... More

Posted by martymcfly at 11:09, 04 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Great Film

William Marks is a depressed, alcoholic federal air marshal who’s tasked to a New York to London flight. Shortly after take-off he begins receiving threatening text messages from a passenger. The person is threatening to kill another passenger every twenty minutes until $150 million is transferred to an offshore bank account within that time. Things escalate rapidly when the mystery passenger makes good on his initial threat and begins making even more serious ones. Marks finds himself in a rac... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 08:28, 03 March 2014 | Report This Post


Solid entertainment

I finally saw it, and it was exactly what I was thought it would be. By no means a classic movie, but a very enjoyable thriller, tense, smartly written and particularly well shot, with the camera floating and spinning in all directions between the seats of the airplane. Everything here is far from a random actionner. It is by no means a 1-star movie, considering what a 1-star movie usually is. It is more of a 3-star film. This review is pure and unrestrained bashing by a reviewer on a really ba... More

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Posted by dseys at 15:07, 01 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Surprisingly watchable...

Worth a watch if you happen to come to the cinema and want something to while away the time, fun in a few places, hopelessly daft in others. Can be tense if you don't like flying. The reasoning behind the whole thing makes very little sense, so I suppose that takes away from it. Very easy to pick apart the plot, but interesting enough at the beginning with a decent pay off might have made 3 stars. Moore is completely wasted and I don't mean drunk. ... More

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Posted by Kilo_T_Mortal at 05:19, 01 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

I don't need to isolate any specific points because it is all inherently stupid. Your whole thing is predicated upon specious assertions about the writer's conduct and the fact that you haven't seen the movie yet. It's so dumb it's not worth arguing about anymore. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:40, 26 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

These films have one thing in common, and that is the 1-star rating. A rating to which only a small group of movies belong, because that rating really doesn't show up very often. It's not like I was comparing two completely different 3-star movies. I'm under the impression you don't even try to see my point, you just pick up one thing, isolate it and then make it look like it's an absurdity. ... More

Posted by dseys at 13:25, 26 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

Your posts are giving me a headache. I literally have no idea what relevance Grown Ups 2 has to Non-Stop. I... I.. I don't even... ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 00:42, 26 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

L: MonsterCat L: dseys Because the 1-star rating comes out maybe 5 times a year, and the trailer only is a proof that "Non-Stop" is way above the level of shitty comedies with zero effort, like "Grown Ups 2" or "A Haunted House". God, even "Die Hard 5" got 2 stars. This is why 1 star seems really inappropriate - just like it was for Taken, so I'm not surprised. And I understand every reviewer is entitled to his opinion, but personal opinion and sensitivity only account for h... More

Posted by dseys at 23:41, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

Why should anyone be enbarassed about giving Taken one star anyway? That reviewer wasn't the only person who thought it was utter shit. ... More

Posted by horribleives at 22:12, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

Wow.It looks like Empire are determined to show that they are not embarassed at all by their 1 star review of Taken by going after another Liam Neeson starring action film. Of course it COULD actually be shit so... ... More

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Posted by Cool Breeze at 21:58, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

Of course it's going to be shit, it's a Liam Neeson action movie directed by a frenchmen. Ha! I kid. To me it seems like someone came up with "in-shite entertainment" in the office, everyone laughed and a review was written to match. That's how it works, right Empire? ... More

Posted by UTB at 21:51, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

L: dseys Because the 1-star rating comes out maybe 5 times a year, and the trailer only is a proof that "Non-Stop" is way above the level of shitty comedies with zero effort, like "Grown Ups 2" or "A Haunted House". God, even "Die Hard 5" got 2 stars. This is why 1 star seems really inappropriate - just like it was for Taken, so I'm not surprised. And I understand every reviewer is entitled to his opinion, but personal opinion and sensitivity only account for half of a review, becaus... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 21:15, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

L: horribleives L: dseys It seems a bit excessive to write "rubbish Neeson vehicle Unknown", since Empire gave a pretty positive review about it. Even if it was not written by the same reviewer. This is an over-the-top angry review.k reviewers need to stay as objective and impartial as they can while reviewing a movie,ise they become as stupid as the fanboys screaming "OMG I love it, best movie ever: 5/5" or "OMG It was so bad, worst movie ever, 1/5". But at least the fan... More

Posted by dseys at 19:35, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

L: dseys It seems a bit excessive to write "rubbish Neeson vehicle Unknown", since Empire gave a pretty positive review about it. Even if it was not written by the same reviewer. This is an over-the-top angry review.k reviewers need to stay as objective and impartial as they can while reviewing a movie,ise they become as stupid as the fanboys screaming "OMG I love it, best movie ever: 5/5" or "OMG It was so bad, worst movie ever, 1/5". But at least the fanboys don't get paid for w... More

Posted by horribleives at 16:30, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Non-Stop

L: dseys It seems a bit excessive to write "rubbish Neeson vehicle Unknown", since Empire gave a pretty positive review about it. Even if it was not written by the same reviewer. e sigh his is an over-the-top angry review. I think reviewers need to stay as objective and impartial as they can while reviewing a movie, otherwise they become as stupid as the fanboys screaming "OMG I love it, best movie ever: 5/5" or "OMG It was so bad, worst movie ever, 1/5". But at least the fanboys d... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 12:34, 25 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'll judge myself....

It seems a bit excessive to write "rubbish Neeson vehicle Unknown", since Empire gave a pretty positive review about it. Even if it was not written by the same reviewer. This is an over-the-top angry review. I think reviewers need to stay as objective and impartial as they can while reviewing a movie, otherwise they become as stupid as the fanboys screaming "OMG I love it, best movie ever: 5/5" or "OMG It was so bad, worst movie ever, 1/5". But at least the fanboys don't get paid for writi... More

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