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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.

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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.

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

Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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Empire Star Rating

Empire Losing The Plot

I cannot believe this got 1 star - especially when you consider some the pretentious nonsense that walks away with 5. I watched this last night and really enjoyed it. There was plenty of suspense and a genuine feeling of unease. * SPOIILER * Admittedly, much of this tension was lost when Neeson's character finally tells the passengers what is going on. And once the culprit is identified, the film nose-dives (literally) * SPOILER END * But what is there was lots of fun. Julianne Moore was, as ... More

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Posted by Hillsman at 11:11, 16 October 2014 | Report This Post

This reviewer really doesn't like Neeson...

...but 1 star? Is that some sort of glitch, I mean that rating is usually reserved for the absolutely awful.... this is just solid unpretentious entertainment ... More

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Posted by Jasper_29 at 10:12, 29 August 2014 | Report This Post

Let's face it if this was some pretentious arty bollocks empire would give this 5 stars as it's a leave your brain simple actioner it gets 1 star ! Really enjoyed it ... More

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Posted by Suarez007 at 21:40, 14 August 2014 | Report This Post

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

Nesson Airways

Please leave your brain at the gate have 20 shots of jack daniels and buckle up ! What a mess if you start figure out the plot its all over the place without Liam and Moore this would be as bad as Airplane sorry this is Airplane 3 ! I give it two stars for laughs ... More

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Posted by WozisWoz at 11:14, 30 May 2014 | Report This Post

A little unfair.....

.......I usually agree with Empire's reviews and star ratings but not on this one. Look, this was never gonna be great and could have been bloody awful but what it does it does ok. A classic locked-room scenario, this at least holds your attention as you try to guess who's responsible. As a beer, pizza and leave your brain at the door guilty pleasure, it's just fine and should have been given two stars, perhaps three if you've brought a six pack. ... More

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Posted by Janath at 08:31, 27 May 2014 | Report This Post

Non-Stop Suspense

I actually really enjoyed this. If it wasn't for the rushed ending I'd have given it four stars. Not sure where Empire are getting one star from. I find that quite bizarre. ... More

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Posted by Mr. Anderson at 00:18, 27 May 2014 | Report This Post

Very Good

Empire blew this review. They give Avengers 5 stars and Skyfall 4, and both are dross. This was not a 1 star film. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 3-4 stars for me. If Empire continues to get this type of thing so badly wrong it'll undermine all those years of work. ... More

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Posted by Nude at 22:18, 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

A thoroughly entertaining, edge-of-your-seat suspense ride.

Fun, old school stuff of the kind you don't see enough of these days. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore are both excellent. The movie starts to make a bit less sense in the last act, but it didn't ruin my enjoyment of it much, as it still wraps things up satisfyingly. Empire seems to have gotten a strange habit of just tossing out one-star reviews to Liam Neeson films that the majority of viewers seem to enjoy. ... More

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Posted by Madhava at 23:22, 15 May 2014 | Report This Post

Worst Empire review ever

Very entertaining movie,tense throughout, waaaaaaay better than a lot of the shit Empire give 3 stars to. Lost some respect in Empires reviewing. Glad to see a lot of us ignored Empires review and went and watched an enjoyable film. Unfortunate Empire! Unfortunate! ... More

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Posted by sababajay at 14:53, 22 March 2014 | Report This Post

And the moronic reviews from Empire continue...

Honestly this reviewer should be shot. A one star should only be reserved for the movies that you can barely sit and watch. This was a very decent and on occasion, rather clever and exciting 2 hour bit of Hitchcock inspired fare. Yeah it has its problems and its a bit unbelievable, but its not any worse in that respect to Taken which everyone reveres (me included). For the record I enjoyed this and actually I thought the texting was really neat, even though I would think with all the pressure Ne... More

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Posted by Azzurro06 at 18:36, 16 March 2014 | Report This Post

Not nearly as bad as Empire makes out

So, Empire gave this one star and Ride Along 2? Is Empire really saying this film is about as bad as it can get? Well it is a flawed film and does have some logic issues, but it is reasonably tense and perfectly watchable if not a great film. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 10:50, 10 March 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


Why give this one star? It's not amazing but it's not also as bad as what Empire describes. I'll admit the messages and tone noise were a little aggravating, but it doesn't last the whole film. Half way through the film I'd forgotten about it! The ending was a little lame, mainly due to the reasons behind the attack, but apart from that, an average film. Also I don't see the point in casting someone as big and expensive as Julianne Moore if all she's going to do is be nosey for the majori... More

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Posted by TroyPutland at 08:56, 07 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

Great Film

I absolutley loved this film - tense, exciting and kept me gripped from start to finish! Cannot imagine how this only got one star - a solid three at the very minimum I would have thought. ... More

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Posted by martymcfly at 18:46, 02 March 2014 | Report This Post


I loved this film! I genuinely thought it held it's cards close to its chest very well, for a pretty decent amount of time. There were enough suspects to keep you guessing, I thought the SMSing was dealt with solidly, I found it all rather intriguing. Compare this to the abysmal Flightplan, it's a five-star thrill ride. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 18:22, 02 March 2014 | Report This Post

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