Vic's Flick Picks
3 Popcorn Boxes
Did you see the trailers or commercials for Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson? Well, whatever you assumed this movie would be like from those trailers is exactly what we get. No surprises. Just non-stop chaos. See what I did there? “Non-stop” chaos? I am clever.
Federal Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) has boarded a non-stop transatlantic flight. It doesn’t take long for Bill to start receiving text messages from someone claiming they will kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to the account number provided. Well! Isn’t that better than an in-flight movie?
After discussing these texts with his fellow Air Marshall (apparently, there are always two on board), the flight attendant and the pilots, they wisely decide that this is just a hoax and they should keep calm and carry on. Really? What kind of troll logic is that?
Anyway, Julianne Moore is a passenger who helps out when – shockingly – someone dies every 20 minutes. Michelle Dockery is the beautiful flight attendant who steadfastly supports and believes in Bill even when it starts to look like he is the terrorist. I have no idea why she is so loyal, seems questionable to me.
On the ground, authorities have discovered the bank account number is in Bill’s name! What? I thought the whole point of these numbered accounts was that you can’t find a name attached. That kind of throws a wrench in future spy films… how will the evil organizations intent on global domination get paid?
Anyway, I was pretty tired of the misdirection and red herrings mostly because they didn’t really fool anyone. I also thought this film was similar to Passenger 57 starring Wesley Snipes, only not as much fun.
I will give the film three boxes out of five. Non-Stop didn’t surprise me, but it didn’t pretend to be anything other than action and suspense and Liam Neeson being his usual intense self. It is what it is.
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Julianne Moore had a small but pivotal role in this 1993 blockbuster movie based on a television series.
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