Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is an alcoholic air marshal with nothing to lose. During his flight across the Atlantic, he begins to receive text messages on his work phone that demand a large sum of money. If he fails to follow orders and get the money transferred, the texter threatens to kill people on the plane in twenty minute intervals. Everyone becomes a suspect as Marks loses control and appears to be hijacking the plane.
First of all, “Non-Stop” is marketed as an action thriller, and the film is full of twists, turns, and numerous red herrings to keep the audience guessing. One would think this means the film is successful; however, the surprise at the end is so completely random, shoving in a bizarre, last minute agenda that is absolutely impossible to predict. There is no support in the film to substantiate the motivation by the texter or explain the amount of resources necessary to pull it off.
The real mystery of “Non-Stop” is how it got such an incredible cast to make such an awful movie; it is a terrible waste of actors Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Linus Roache, and Corey Stoll. Quickly following her Oscar win, this is a sad display of Nyong’o, who has a laughably small part. Dockery spends most of the film looking lost, and Moore goes from suspicious to Lifetime-movie-dramatic as the script twists. Not a single star shines in “Non-Stop.”
Like his character, we have come to believe that Liam Neeson is quick to violence. His last ten years have been devoted to being a badass of action films. What happened to the actor from “Kinsey” and “Schindler’s List?” Every character he plays these days is a different version of his “Taken” role (even his role in “The LEGO Movie”). Fans that only want to see Neeson beat people up will probably delight in the tight action sequences in the limited environment, but everyone else will roll their eyes seeing yet another senseless action film.
Still early in the year, but “Non-Stop” has a real chance for worst script in 2014. With nothing new to offer, who thought a random ending was a good idea?
Rating for “Non-Stop:” D
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