Film Review – Non-Stop (2014)


Liam would stop at nothing to clock the Candy Crush saga

Title – Non-Stop (2014)

Director – Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown)

Cast – Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker

Plot – Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) finds himself in a life or death game with an unknown assailant thousands of miles in the air. As his battle rages out on board the flight who he can trust and can’t trust becomes blurred as the planes passengers become increasingly hostile towards Bill.

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

Review by Eddie on 13/08/2014

Ever since Taken took the box office by storm back in 2008 its aging star Liam Neeson has become somewhat of an action master appearing in films such as The A Team, Taken 2, Unknown, The Grey (which by the way is a seriously underrated gem) and now in Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller Non-Stop in which his presence alone saves this particular plane from a dreadful plunge into the deep dark oceans of movie badness.

Non-Stop is one of those thrillers than remains quite preposterous the whole way through, a suspension of disbelief well and truly required if you are to enjoy it’s over the top aeroplane goodies. A suspension of disbelief is made all the more possible thanks to Neeson whose role as alcoholic Air Marshall Bill Marks is enough to earn this movie an extra star. Neeson can do gruff, he can do wisecracks and he can do menacing and his on form here from the get-go. By now Neeson can do these type of roles in his sleep though and it’s a little disappointing that an actor with obvious talent would continue to sell himself to these type of movies especially a movie such a this with no real redeeming features bar the man himself.

I can guarantee annoyance levels will reach a near unbearable level about 30 minutes into Non-Stop when Bill’s phone continues to “ding ding” with a message received tone, that is up FAR too loud. Annoyance is then ramped up with a continual reading of text messages displayed all over the screen in a shaky unfocused manner. These unfavourable decisions by the movie makers are not helped by a supporting cast either underused (Scott McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o who sports a hairdo not too far distant from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) or overused (Julianne Moore, in another one of her “needed the pay check” roles) and the story working here hinges on what needed to be a perfect landing of an ending but instead we get a bumpy finish with a horrible last act and a severely underwhelming reveal of just who is behind all of this nasty threat business.

The more you think about Non-Stop the more it will frustrate you with his myriad plot holes and incredibly daft decision making skills by its participants and while Neeson is once more a solid centre to an otherwise crumbling film there is no denying that Non-Stop is a flight you regret taking and an experience not dissimilar to flying economy class with a crying baby situated behind you as your next seat neighbour falls asleep on your shoulder.

2 blue ribbons out of 5

21 responses to “Film Review – Non-Stop (2014)

  1. I have to disagree on the “flight you regret taking”. 🙂

    I had no high hopes for this film, in fact I expected it to be complete rubbish. Which it was… but it was entertaining rubbish! 😀

    2 stars absolutely… but I was thoroughly entertained, and the film just flew by.

  2. Spot on review. I love Neeson in pretty much every role he’s done, but I hope he starts doing films of more substance. Luckily he’s starring in A Walk Amongst the Tombstones later this year, which looks pretty good.
    Also, side note, I loved The Grey! It was released in a terrible month and was marketed the wrong way, but I felt that Neeson’s work was worthy of an oscar nomination

    • Mate so awesome to hear that about the Grey, I am in complete agreance. The more I think about that film the more I realise just how well made and acted it was by Neeson.

  3. Hey Eddie,
    I have to say I agree with most of the stuff you said in the review. Neeson is such a talented actor and he keeps putting himself into the role! I swear, since Taken, he’s been the exact same character just traveling around to Alaska or being a Air Marshall!
    Anyways, the movie surely wasn’t critically good, but it’s a good movie to pop in and zone out to while you watch.


  4. Gotta say a few things do really let this movie down – the end reveal being the biggest. But I still didnt mind it!

    I thought the premise was entertaining and liked hkw it was handled with the kills etc.. the oddplot hole aside, it really was just the big reveal of why that annoyed me.

    Agree only about a 2-2.5 but think I liked it more than you

  5. Hey Eddie! When I was trying my review of this movie, I couldn’t make it any funny, so I gave up. But, having also watched “The grey”, I think I got the message: if you ever spot Liam Neeson queuing to board your flight, think twice and remain where you are!

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