Written by: John W Richardson, Christopher Roach
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
Story: US Air Marshall Bill Marks is forced to utilise all his training when he believes the Transatlantic flight he is on is being hijacked.
Looking at Liam Neeson’s career is certainly interesting. After being nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Schindlers List’ in 1994, it seemed that Neeson really was the one to watch and award nominations for ‘Michael Collins’ confirmed it. Fast forward twenty years, and Neeson is an action hero in films like ‘Taken’, and ‘Non Stop’.
Having said this, there couldn’t be a better man for the role of Bill Marks in ‘Non Stop’. Neeson carries this film almost single handedly with an above standard performance considering that this is, to be blunt, just an action movie. Questionable is the only real word for Julianne Moore – while she offers a “fine” performance, her character is for two hours completely inconsequential.
If we remember this fact when watching ‘Non Stop’, then the film is very enjoyable. It is suspenseful enough to keep anyone guessing if they want to play along and moves at an enjoyable pace. Jaume Collet-Saura has done well to deliver what every audience needs: a great way to kill a couple of hours. An array of red herrings will have you changing your mind every five minutes, and perhaps even thinking ‘I thought I was better than this at figuring things out?’.
Newbie screenwriters John W Richardson and Christopher Roach have done an OK job, but it really is OK at best. As much as Neeson tries to salvage this film and it’s seductive concept, gaping holes in the story remain unfilled. What’s more, the final plot twist is unfortunately disappointing. For a film with such a complex prowess and growl from the start, we are left in the last twenty minutes with a teeny meow.
Despite problems with the script, and perhaps the unnecessary presence of Julianne Moore, Non-Stop is a great movie to watch on a rainy Friday night. As long as we do not expect too much, we will be delighted from start to (nearly) finish with an action packed high altitude thriller.