At 62 years old, Liam Neeson has managed to carve quite a niche out for himself within the world of action movies. He's spent the last few years of his career fighting, jumping, shooting, and rescuing his way on to movie screens worldwide at a time when most stars would be settling in to nice quiet roles as an elderly statesman or wise old man. "Non-Stop" sees Neeson fully embracing his hero side once again in a thriller that is equally parts mystery and thriller as it is disaster and adventure film.
Bill Marks is a weary air marshal on another non-stop flight from the U.S. to Europe. His worst fears are realized when he receives text messages from an unknown person on the flight claiming they will kill one passenger every twenty minutes until their ransom demands are met. Now he must figure out who he can trust to help identify the sadistic individual before they strike.
"Non-Stop" teams up Liam Neeson with "Taken" Director Jaume Collet-Serra for another thrilling go-round at saving the day. Collet-Sera likes to helm movies that deal with controversial subject matter. It's obvious he wants people to walk away from his films not only entertained but with something to think and talk about.
When this movie came out, there was some backlash about some of its plot points which you can read about here. If you don't want to spoil the end of the movie, don't read it until after you've seen it. I completely disagree with the different opinions it discusses and think they're filled with the typical far-fetched and sensationalistic nonsense that make more level-headed conservatives and Christians look bad.
"Non-Stop" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references. I can't think of a single moment of sensuality or drug references. Neeson enjoys his alcohol and smoking but I'd be hard-pressed to consider that "drug references."
The DVD version of "Non-Stop" includes a featurette entitled "Suspense at 40,000 Feet." Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Director Jaume Collet-Serra, and producer Joel Silver give audiences a peek behind the scenes of the making of the film. They also discuss the story line of the movie.
I would be lying if I didn't tell you that "Non-Stop" does feel like an extension of "Taken." Liam Neeson's character might be a bit more hard-boiled, but he's in essence cut from the same pattern. If you can just get past that and enjoy a suspenseful hour or so of action movie clichés, get a first-class ticket for "Non-Stop" excitement. Do you see what I did there?