Review: ‘Non-Stop’ is one for the Liam Neeson fan

The movie is enjoyable it has a great setup but the payoff is not good.

Non-Stop, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, is a very enjoyable thriller with a good premise, a great lead actor and an interesting mystery. The film stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal who has to protect the passengers of an aircraft from a mysterious terrorist who threatens to kill someone on the plane every twenty minutes unless 150 million dollars is transferred into an off shore account.

The film has a very good premise and builds suspense very well. The problem with the story is that it is very far fetched and some of the events that happen are too perfectly timed and there are too many variables that could ruin the whole plan. That doesn’t ruin the movie though it is just good to know that this event could not happen. The build up to who is the culprit could have been handled better, but the reveal of him was done pretty well. It is possible to guess who the culprit is if you think about it but they do make it hard to figure out who it is.

Liam Neeson does a good job in his role. It was a role that was written with him in mind. Neeson plays the role well, but it was a role similar to his role in the movie “Taken”. He gives a good performance and fit the role really well. Julian Moore is the other lead role in the film but her character is only a sidekick kind of role and she is someone to relate to him and help him in some of the darker moments in the film.

Liam Neeson in Non-Stop
Liam Neeson in Non-Stop

The rest of the cast is lower less known actors and actresses. This is done to keep the identity of the culprit hidden so viewers can’t pick out who did it immediately. That was a good choice. The cinematography is enjoyable, the action moments can be enjoyable but some of the fights drag on for a little too long for the feel of the movie. Neeson can still pull off the action sequences and they do tone down how much he does in the movie. The movie does pull of the confining feel of being in an airplane.

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The movie is enjoyable it has a great setup but the payoff is not good. The motive of the terrorist is not that good and everything feels like it goes a little too perfect for the terrorist’s plan. The events are cool to watch and the suspense is very well done. Liam Neeson does a good job for the role. Non-Stop is definitely worth the watch if you are a Liam Neeson fan or if you enjoy movie thrillers.

Russ Homer

Going to college majoring in Film. Written and Directed Short Films on the side.

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