There's only so much you can do with a movie when it's set aboard a plane. You can have a virus set free on it, or you can have it hijacked - or I guess you can release some snakes on it. The originality comes in the reasons behind the issue and how the hero deals with it. This time, Non-Stop depicts a hijacking.
Liam Neeson has made a name for himself as the next great action star. At 61 years old, it's fascinating to see someone pull off the role so well. Again, he gives us a man who has had military and law enforcement training and works to protect those around him - to the point that his family suffers. The difference this time? He's lost his family, is an alcoholic and has a troubled past. However, this didn't prevent him from becoming an air marshal. How safe are the passengers with someone who has such an unbalanced background? That's something the director is obviously trying to find out.
This particular flight has Neeson's character patrolling a routine flight from the US to the UK. Only, as we all know, a flight with Neeson on board probably isn't going to go as planned.
During the flight, he is told to wire $150 million to a bank account or the hijackers will start offing the passengers. Sounds simple... Until you find out whose name the bank account is in. From here it all goes downhill. There are spectacular fights, poisonings, plot twists, tender moments and sex - yes sex. I mean what good is an international flight if you don't join the mile high club? One fight in particular occurs in a lavatory. This blew my mind. On my last flight, I couldn't even turn around to flush the toilet, let alone throw punches. Now that was talent. Plus, nobody ended up with a blue foot.
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) as a mistrusting flight attendant who seems to have backstory with some of the important people on the flight. As the pilot mumbles to his co-pilot at one point, "naught, naughty." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o also has a role as a flight attendant but she doesn't have a big role to play.
Julianne Moore plays a distraction to Liam Neeson. As she tries to help unravel the mystery, she also becomes a suspect along with a number of passengers and another air marshal.
So who is responsible? Is it the little girl who dropped her Paddington Bear? The annoying teacher going to Amsterdam? The hot-headed NYPD cop? The muslim doctor? The loud mouthed kid? The sex maniac? The impatient software programmer? Or was it the Air Marshal himself? SO MANY SUSPECTS SO LITTLE TIME!
During the last scene, I could feel my face contorting from anticipation and fear; and I managed to pull off just about all of the gel manicure I had given myself 3 days before. So thanks Liam, you've ruined my nails. One thing's for sure, it's made me never want to sit by the window on a plane.
Side note: If you have very political leanings, you may not enjoy this movie. Some have said it is a movie that promotes hatred for America. Honestly? I paid $5 to see a great action thriller and that was provided to me. It deals with extremists - and any culture, religion or organized group can have them. I am a big girl and can tell the difference between heroes and mental cases. I'm sure everyone reading this site can also make that distinction.