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‘Non-Stop’ grinding through the same old gears

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When a flight going from New York City to London is threatened by anonymous hijackers who are surreptitiously sending text messages to Bill Marks, Liam Neeson, a Federal Marshal saying they will kill someone every twenty minutes unless he wires $150 million dollars to a bank account, it is his job to find out who the hijackers are and stop them before they kill anyone. Marks is a washed up police officer, with a checkered past and an alcoholic. The question is can he somehow find out who the person is who doing this, without panicking the flight crew and passengers?
While “Non-Stop” is action packed from start to finish, it is rife with red herrings, and manipulation. There are so many false leads on the way to finding out who the hijackers are that by the time we do, we realize that they were handing us all the information we needed without ever realizing it. In addition, it should be stated that there are many things which happen that are extremely unbelievable. At one point someone is shot at point blank range, but they miraculously survive. Then when one of the bad guys is shot, three minutes later, just in time for the big finale, he comes back to life… because ta da, he was only shot in the shoulder. Mark’s supervisor won’t believe him when he tells him he is not the hijacker even when he tells him about everything that is going on. At this point one has to wonder, where is the teamwork in law enforcement? And if you are part of the team, does that mean that in an instant when the chips are down, they will not back you up? Granted Marks had a reputation as a hard drinker and recklessness, but given all the information Marks is trying to relay to them, and the fact that people who get jobs as Federal Marshals have to go through extensive background checks themselves, one would think there would be some level of trust. Finally, the motivation for the hijacking is not only weak but in the end ridiculous. It is as if the writers could not think of anything else, so they just threw it in there, because they had to come up with something.


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