Movies in 2014: Non-Stop
Can the world’s dumbest air marshall save the day when a terrorist is planning on killing some one every twenty minutes during a non-stop flight to London from NYC? I guess.
Non-Stop isn’t a good movie. Some one asked Liam Neeson “hey do you want to make Taken 3?” And he said “yes but I’m in my 60s. Do I have to keep running around Eastern European cities? Can’t I just… stand in one place and yell at people and have fights in very small spaces?” They said “Sure. As long as you say something that’s horribly meaningless that we can put in the trailer” Liam then scratched his head and said “How about… I’m not trying to hijack this plane! I’m trying to SAVE IT!” They applauded and that’s how Non-Stop got made.
Seriously the plot here is paper thin. Liam Neeson plays an air marshall named Bill. Bill is an alcoholic with family problems who hates flying and has to wrap a ribbon around his hand that his daughter gave him during take off. If not for this ribbon, Bill would have some kind of OCD panic attack. Yep that’s the hero of this movie. A guy who’s literally terrified of flying… for 5 minutes. Then he’s a fucking rambo in the sky.
Bill gets a text message on his magically working sky phone that says that unless 150 million dollars are deposited into a bank account in the next twenty minutes they’re going to blow up the plane. This sends bill into a purely idiotic frenzy as he starts to try and figure out who the texter could be. It’s from this moment forward that the movie devolves into stupidity that pushes the plot from interesting to silly.
The suspension of disbelief can only go so far before the audience starts laughing at the plot as each continuous piece of story telling gets dumb and dumber and reality stretches further and further.
The action set pieces are filmed poorly, even for the tight spaces that they’re in. Every single plot detail gets dumber and dumber. Also I should note that I called who the mysterious plane killer was from the very start. It was almost too obvious.
This movie has a fantastic cast and they’re all underused. As one of the stewardesses is oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave. She says very few words and is hardly a character. There’s also Corey Stoll from the first season of House of Cards who is easily the best part of the film. he plays a New York cop (of course he does) and he’s given the most interesting lines and actions.
Liam Neeson as Bill Marks is fine, but he’s going through the motions here. This isn’t a hard roll for him and he doesn’t have to really push the envelope. He’s comfortable as the gruff hero who has to put a stop to the plot. Julianne Moore is pretty great as Jen, a passenger who’s loyalties are hard to figure out, but she isn’t ever given much to do.
I would say if you’re going to see Non-Stop, rent it, catch it on cable or Netflix. It’s not worth your ten dollars. It’s definitely better than Taken 2, but then most movies are.