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Liam Neeson takes action to the skies with ‘Non-Stop’

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Ever since Liam Neeson turned into a full on action star with Taken, he has seemed to embrace this new persona with one action film after another. His latest, Non-Stop looks to keep the streak alive, but this time out it seems to have a more thriller vibe to it. In addition to Neeson the film stars Julianne Moore, Anson Mount and recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o but does it pack the twists, turns, and punch that Neeson has been delivering or will it be a missed flight?

Non-Stop follows an air marshal who springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account, but when signs point to him being behind it all it will be a race against time to clear his name and save the passengers. As the trailers made it pretty clear this film plays as more of a who-dun-it thriller but still manages to throw in some decent action here and there. On the surface this is a B-rate film only elevated by the inclusion of the always great Neeson. Most of the film is a bit predictable, but thankfully teases you with enough possibilities that it could lead you down a few paths before finally revealing it all. There isn’t a ton of action, but the little that is here not surprisingly works good with Neeson executing it. There are a few moments that are a bit out there, so you have to let them go if you want to enjoy the film, but they are never so far left field that it feels silly. Neeson gives a non-surprising good performance with a lot more depth to the character than was probably necessary but it helps bring something more to the story that would have otherwise been lost.

This is far from Taken, but still manages to be an entertaining action thriller that is sure to please all the Neeson fans out there. As mentioned it is a bit predictable if you pay close attention, but it still works fine and makes for an entertaining time. If you are a fan of seeing Neeson kick some ass and who isn’t then Non-Stop is worth checking out.

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