Excerpt: Liam Neeson’s first acting role came in 1978, but his breakout performance as Oskar Schindler in Stephen Spielberg’s Schindler’s List in 1993 landed him an Oscar nomination and made him a star. His range as an actor has expanded over the years, and it’s hard to believe he’s one of Hollywood’s most bankable action stars after his role in The A-Team, the Taken franchise, and now this.
Excerpt: Non-Stop closes on ‘Terror at 30,000 feet!’ spectacle, the type of lumbering airline disaster best fitted to the groan inducing drama of late entries in the Airport saga. Oxygen masks fall, slow motion gunshots ensue. It’s eye rolling cinema. But, to its credit, this is not Liam Neeson on the assault. Non-Stop is surprisingly subdued with its clever build of background characters and sharp mystery, only splintered by high-end mobile phone techno babble partway through.
Excerpt: The Film Does Liam Neeson ever get tired of kicking ass? Apparently, he's just getting started. After filling his resume with the likes of Darkman , Schindler's List , Love Actually , Kinsey and countless others, Neeson has spent the last six years or so becoming a bonafide action star. And audiences really seem to like that. Just the Taken flicks alone have raked in over $600 million at the box office.
Conclusion: Liam Neeson again proves a reliable protagonist in Non-Stop , in which the actor plays an alcoholic air marshal tasked with protecting the passengers someone is threatening to kill if $150 million isn't wired to an offshore account. The story is an obvious homage to Hitchcock, and the suspense is fairly thick for the first two acts. The third and final act gets a bit turbulent, but Non-Stop is plenty entertaining despite a lackluster ending. . What Do You Think?
Excerpt: Neeson is Bill Marks, an Air Marshal cooling his heels on a trans-Atlantic flight. The plane ride is uneventful: he makes small talk with the redhead (Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights ) next to him, and pops anti-anxiety meds like Junior Mints. Then he gets a disturbing text: someone on board is threatening to kill one passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is paid immediately. The good news: Liam Neeson still retains his badass status.
Conclusion: 'Non-Stop' may not be the finest airline action movie - or even the finest Liam Neeson action movie - but it's a better-than-average thrill ride that's more substantive and believable than most of its preposterous cousins. With a taut script and a few pointed jabs at our post-9/11 society, this terror in the air drama puts a new twist on a tired and clichéd formula, and winds up a satisfying piece of popcorn entertainment.
Conclusion: Action movies are a dime a bullet these days, which makes a suspense thriller like Non-Stop a promising prospect. Methodical and meticulous, it aims to be a brainy, Hitchcockian actioner, heavy on mystery, cloaked identity and shocker upon shocker; a who's-doin-it with nerve and, indeed, a flash of firearms near film's end. Instead, it's yet another misguided movie in February blockbuster's clothing.
Excerpt: I hate airplanes. I really do. Don’t get me wrong, I know they’re about 1000 times safer than driving and when it comes to going overseas, there really is no other option, but I’m a guy who likes his space and let’s face it – airplanes don’t do much to accommodate that. Add to that that they’re getting more and more like movie theaters – everyone has to be attached to their cell phone, airline food is essentially a thing of the past as people barge through the aisle with...
Excerpt: If you count Taiwan, there are 196 countries in the world and I have been to over 50 of them (which includes 15 countries in Africa). Some countries I have been to many times: Peru, Brazil, India, and France, to name just a few. I am highly qualified to review NON-STOP.