A couple hours into the flight, Bill receives a strange text message from an unknown passenger on the plane. The passenger says that he/she will kill someone on the plane every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to a specific bank account. As the Air Marshall, it's up to Marks to find out who the text is from. . .and fast. As he gets more and more involved with the situation, he realizes the stranger may be up to something even more destructive than he previously thought. This is quite an interesting premise---one that does a fantastic job of hooking the audience and drawing them in to the thrilling "Non-Stop" ride.
First and foremost worth mentioning is Liam Neeson's performance. Since Taken, Neeson has made a name for himself as a "take-no-prisoners" tough guy. Non-Stop firmly reinforces this reputation. The 6'4", 61 year old actor proves himself yet again able to deliver a strong performance in the action genre. The Academy Award nominee has quickly become one of my favorite actors in recent years, and his performance in Non-Stop won't leave fans disappointed.
Ultimately, I think yet another potent aspect the film possesses is its message. I won’t reveal it, but I think its extremely relevant to the world today in regard to airline travel, especially in the wake of the disappearance of the Malyasian Airlines flight. It’s very coincidental the film was released so close to what many are calling “the greatest aviation mystery since Amelia Earhardt”.
In conclusion, Non-Stop is what its title suggests---a non-stop thrill ride to the very end. Fueled by a strong performance from Liam Neeson, his well-written, fleshed-out character Bill Marks, strong direction from Jaume Collet-Serra, and an intriguing premise, Non-Stop is a smart, solid early entry for 2014. It may not be an Oscar contender, but nonetheless will (hopefully) leave you thrilled and satisfied.
Written by Anthony Watkins