An air marshal receives a text from someone threatening to kill a passenger on his flight every 20 minutes until he receives $150 million.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Written by John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, Ryan Engle
Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Corey Stoll, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Lupita Nyong'o, Omar Metwally, Anson Mount, Jason Butler Harner
Non-Stop was an enjoyable action flick that did a fantastic job of building suspense but unfortunately fell apart in the third act. The performances are average, as you can tell nearly every big name actor is in it for the paycheck. Even with the presence of Liam Neeson, Non-Stop fails to deliver the poignant reveal it had been building up to.
Until the third act, this film is really well written. You don't know who could be manipulating everything on this flight and you don't know how. The film is like an Agatha Christie story in the sky. I would, however, like Liam Neeson to return to his dramatic roots. His ex-agent-who's-estranged-from-his-family shtick got old after Taken and I'm sick of seeing a very talented actor play the same damn character every year.
In the third act, Non-Stop fails to deliver the epic shocker that the audiences had grown to expect. In the end, the true hijacker's entire omniscient presence falls like the curtain in The Wizard of Oz and his entire reason for doing what he's doing becomes far too touchy and political. I liked the idea of the villain just being a genius anarchist who wanted to prove he could outwit an air marshal. Instead, I got a big steaming pile of disappointment and it practically ruined the film for me.