After reading several reviews this weekend that criticized the new Liam Neeson movie “Non-Stop,” I was a little hesitant to use it as my Sunday morning film fix; but then I remembered: What do these guys know about the movies.
Bill Marks (Neeson) is a close to retirement air marshal who hates to fly and loves to smoke and drink. After a white-knuckled take off on a transatlantic jumbo jet traveling from New York to London, Marks begins receiving some threatening text messages which instruct him to place $150 million dollars in an offshore account in his name, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes. (Where does an air marshal get $150 million dollars?) Marks needs a smoke and drink, so he locks himself in the bathroom; tapes the smoke detector with duct tape; lights up, and then pounds some whisky: now he is ready to work.
When he returns to his seat he takes an intense visual of the passengers on the plane and finds all the usual suspects are in place: a neurotic business woman sitting next to him (Julian Moore), a New York cop (Corey Stoll), a Muslim doctor (Omar Metwally), a little girl, and a cast of other various city slackers. Who is sending the texts? After someone ends up dead in exactly 20 minutes, Marks knows he has a real problem on his hands.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps the movie going at brisk pace in a who-dunnit, where you really cannot figure out who-dunnit. Granted there are scenes in the movie that are improbable, such as when Marks is roughing people up on the plane, but give me a break: This is a Neeson action movie. Who would have believed that Neeson, who starred in one of the best movies of all time, “Schindler’s list, would turn into an action hero at the age of 60 anyway ─ most improbable. See the movie and don’t listen to the critics. (Runtime 106 mins.)
My Rating: 3 of 5 Terroristic Texts.