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Non-Stop (2014)

  • Rate: 7.8/10 total 3,455 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
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Non-Stop (2014)


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  • IMDb page: Non-Stop (2014)
  • Rate: 7.8/10 total 3,455 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: John Ottman   
  • Soundtrack: Phat
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Airplane | Pistol | Air Marshal | Murder

Writing Credits By:

  • John W. Richardson (screenplay) &
  • Christopher Roach (screenplay) (as Chris Roach) and
  • Ryan Engle (screenplay)
  • John W. Richardson (story) &
  • Christopher Roach (story) (as Chris Roach)

Known Trivia

  • Roughly 200 extras were cast and stayed throughout filming. 25 of 27 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The aeroplane used in the film is an Airbus A330-300. 25 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Marks’ watch is a Casio WV58A-1AV Wave Ceptor. 34 of 97 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: An air marshal 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. |  »

Story: An air marshal 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.


Synopsis: Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, todays flight will be no routine trip.

Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die very 20 minutes. What follows is a nail-biting cat and mouse game played at 40,000 feet, with the lives of 200 passengers hanging in the balance.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Stephen Bender known as associate producer
  • Olivier Courson known as executive producer
  • Herb Gains known as executive producer
  • Ron Halpern known as executive producer
  • Alex Heineman known as producer
  • Steve Richards known as executive producer
  • Andrew Rona known as producer
  • Joel Silver known as producer
  • Jeff Wadlow known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Liam Neeson known as Bill Marks
  • Julianne Moore known as Jen Summers
  • Scoot McNairy known as Tom Bowen
  • Michelle Dockery known as Nancy
  • Nate Parker known as Zack White
  • Corey Stoll known as Austin Reilly
  • Lupita Nyong'o known as Gwen
  • Omar Metwally known as Dr. Fahim Nasir
  • Jason Butler Harner known as Kyle Rice
  • Linus Roache known as David McMillan
  • Shea Whigham known as Agent Marenick
  • Anson Mount known as Jack Hammond
  • Quinn McColgan known as Becca
  • Corey Hawkins known as Travis Mitchell
  • Frank Deal known as Charles Wheeler
  • Bar Paly known as Iris Marianne
  • Edoardo Costa known as Herve Philbert
  • Jon Abrahams known as David Norton
  • Amanda Quaid known as Emily Norton
  • Beth Dixon known as Older Woman
  • Cameron Moir known as Steward
  • Lars Gerhard known as German Father
  • Oliver Lehne known as German Son
  • Michael Thomas Walker known as Michael Tate
  • Pat Kiernan known as NY1 Anchor
  • Annika Pergament known as NY1 Reporter
  • Victoria Arbiter known as Tilkynna 3 Reporter
  • Jeff Pollock known as Pundit
  • Hank Sheinkopf known as Pundit
  • Dani de Waal known as Airline Attendant
  • Adi Hanash known as Security Officer
  • Nadia Bowers known as Mrs. O'Reilly
  • Andrew Alberson known as Passenger (Student / Hacker) (uncredited)
  • Finise Avery known as Passenger (Core) (uncredited)
  • Marshall Axt known as Core Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Ari Barkan known as Core Economy Passenger (uncredited)
  • Lorenzo Beronilla known as Sky Captain (uncredited)
  • Josh Bodenhamer known as Giovanni (uncredited)
  • Alejandro Cardenas known as Arturo Lucci (uncredited)
  • Rob Casasanta known as Fire Truck Driver (uncredited)
  • Richard R. Corapi known as Fireman (uncredited)
  • Jessica Doehle known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Vince Edgehill known as Economy Class Passenger – Core (uncredited)
  • O.T. Fagbenle known as Jack Rabbitte (voice) (uncredited)
  • Edgar Felix known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Ibnu Firza known as Student Passenger (uncredited)
  • Bryan Fox known as Doubtful Passenger (uncredited)
  • Brandon Lee Harris known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Christine Hitt known as Camila D'Agostino (uncredited)
  • Ken Jacowitz known as Core Coach Passenger (uncredited)
  • Ashley James known as Technician (uncredited)
  • Michael Kaplan known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Sharlota Kay known as Hippie Passenger (Core) (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Kirk known as Amy Harris (uncredited)
  • Perri Lauren known as Stella (uncredited)
  • Gregg Micheals known as Passenger (Core) (uncredited)
  • Miou known as Passenger ( core ) (uncredited)
  • Bryan A. Miranda known as Economy Airline Passenger (CORE) (uncredited)
  • John Mitchell known as Iceland Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Jessie Nagpal known as Business Class Indian Passenger (uncredited)
  • Chris Nuñez known as Frightened Coach Passenger (uncredited)
  • Toshiko Onizawa known as Woman at the Airport (uncredited)
  • Frankie Ramos known as Passenger / Oil Engineer (uncredited)
  • Dennis Rees known as Paramedic (uncredited)
  • Jelayna Rose known as Core Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Stuart Schnitzer known as Anthony (Texas Tony) Nash core airline passenge (uncredited)
  • Nancy Ellen Shore known as German wife / mother (core passenger) (uncredited)
  • Robert Shulman known as Icelandic Police (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Simard known as (uncredited)
  • Ozgur Teke known as Business Class Passenger (uncredited)
  • Liz Thomas known as Madeline (uncredited)
  • Raquel Toro known as Core Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Darren Whitfield known as Economy Class Passenger (Core) (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jerry DeCarlo known as hair department head
  • Craig Lindberg known as special makeup effects artist
  • Craig Lindberg known as tattoo maker/makeup effects
  • Mandy Lyons known as personal hairstylist for Juliana Moore
  • Elaine L. Offers known as makeup artist: Julianne Moore
  • Anthony Pepe known as additional makeup
  • Patricia Regan known as makeup department head
  • Bill Terezakis known as prosthetic design and sculpture

Art Department:

  • Michael Acevedo known as carpenter
  • Cara Brower known as assistant art director
  • Jason 'Jay' Brown known as second set dresser (as Jason Brown)
  • Jeff Butcher known as property master
  • John Davis known as storyboard artist
  • Ruby De Jesus known as set dresser
  • Scott Dougan known as art director: reshoots
  • Sean Doyle known as set dresser
  • Courtney Dunn known as art department production assistant
  • Kristen Ficara known as art department coordinator: re-shoots
  • Darren Gibson known as carpenter
  • Bruce Lee Gross known as leadman
  • Tara Guckeen known as set decorating assistant
  • Julia Heymans known as art director assistant
  • Edward A. Ioffreda known as graphic artist
  • Benton Jew known as storyboard artist
  • Susan Kaufman known as assistant set decorator
  • Brian Kontz known as plaster foreman
  • Kirstin Mooney known as art department coordinator
  • Anthony O.H. Navarro known as set dresser
  • Brian O'Neill known as construction grip
  • Sam Page known as set designer
  • Stephen Powers known as props
  • Mary Prlain known as prop buyer
  • Joseph Sacco known as set dresser
  • Chris Schait known as best boy construction grip
  • Zach Selter known as on set dresser
  • Alejandro Serna known as graphics designer
  • Karl Shefelman known as storyboard artist
  • Nithya Shrinivasan known as assistant art director
  • James Whelan known as on set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • StudioCanal (presents)
  • Silver Pictures
  • Anton Capital Entertainment (ACE) (in association with)
  • LOVEFiLM International (in association with) (as Lovefilm)

Other Companies:

  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  camera equipment provided by
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • POP Sound  ADR Recording
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • GAGA (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films – Spentzos Film (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2014) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2014) (Myanmar) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2014) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2013) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • TriPictures (2014) (Spain) (all media)
  • Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Method Studios (visual effects)
  • Prime Focus World (visual effects)
  • Somnyo Films (graphics)
  • User T-38

Visual Effects by:

  • Ajesh.k.t known as prep lead
  • Vishal Bansal known as digital compositor
  • Brian Scott Benson known as visual effects artist
  • Preetham Tej Boddu known as prep lead
  • Igor Boshoer known as pipeline technical director: Method Studios
  • Chad E. Collier known as data operations manager: Method Studios
  • Andre Costa known as digital compositor
  • Ian Dawson known as visual effects producer
  • Ujwal W. Dhankute known as digital compositor
  • Piyush Dugad known as digital compositor
  • Claire Duthie known as digital paint/roto artist
  • Eddie Englander known as senior compositor: Prime Focus World
  • Rao Eshwar known as digital compositor
  • Oniel Fernandes known as digital compositor
  • Manley Gage known as digital compositor
  • Joshua Galbincea known as lead compositor
  • Steve Garrad known as visual effects executive producer: Image Engine
  • Justin Gladden known as visual effects producer
  • Randy Goux known as visual effects supervisor
  • Joaquín Gutiérrez known as visual effects supervisor
  • Connie Hendrix known as production accountant: Prime Focus
  • David Heras known as visual effects supervisor
  • Alfonso Hernández known as digital compositor
  • Vivek Karmarkar known as compositor
  • Karthikeyan Karuppasamy known as digital compositor: Prime Focus (as Karthikeyan K)
  • Mithil Kotwal known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jai Krishnaswamy known as compositor
  • Nitesh Kumar known as compositor
  • Vishal Kushwah known as digital compositor
  • Juan David Lopez known as lead compositor
  • Rajendra Maharana known as lead background prep artist
  • Zack Mazerolle known as visual effects editor
  • Souvik Mitra known as matchmove supervisor: prime focus
  • Hailey Moore known as texture artist
  • Elena Musacchia known as production assistant
  • Vikas Surajbali Nag known as digital compositor
  • Saurabh Nandedkar known as compositor
  • Saurabh Nandedkar known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Newmark known as visual effects editor
  • Mark Norrie known as Sequence Lighting Lead: Prime Focus
  • Lucía Olano known as visual effects producer
  • Viviana Palacios known as lighting lead: Prime Focus
  • Amey Panchal known as matchmove lead: prime focus
  • Om Parab known as camera matchmove artist
  • Harold Parker known as visual effects artist
  • Carlos Puchol known as visual effects producer
  • Vivek Pundir known as vfx: line producer
  • Natwar singh Rathore known as visual effects artist
  • Jim Rider known as on-set visual effects supervisor
  • Sajeev Sadanandan known as matchmove artist
  • Sajeev Sadanandan known as matchmove lead
  • Benito Sanz known as digital compositor
  • Anik Seguin known as visual effects editor
  • Byron Slaybaugh known as visual effects artist: Prologue
  • Mohite Suraj known as digital compositor
  • Avadhoot Tambe known as senior matchmove artist
  • Stuart Tett known as visual effects artist
  • Joel Thompson known as visual effects editor
  • Mark Van Ee known as visual effects coordinator
  • John Vanderbeck known as compositing td
  • Gopalarathinam Viswanathan known as matchmove supervisor: Prime focus
  • Armand Vladau known as digital compositor
  • Bob White known as visual effects artist
  • Stephen Willey known as head of systems and engineering
  • Richard Yuricich known as visual effects supervisor
  • Kyle Cunningham known as communications associate: Prime Focus World (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. moviexclusive from Singapore
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Continuing one of the most unlikely career reinventions in Hollywood,Liam Neeson is back in full-scale action hero mode reteaming with his'Unknown' director Jaume Collet-Serra for a similar whodunit set onboard an airplane. No matter that the Irish actor is now at a ripe oldage of 61, he is perfectly cast as the grizzled United States airmarshal Bill Marks, a recovering alcoholic grappling with some demonsfrom his past that only become clearer much later into the film.

    First-time screenwriters John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Englesend Neeson's Federal agent on a transatlantic flight from New York toLondon, where a seemingly uneventful night on the job quickly becomessomething else when he receives a series of text messages warning thata passenger will be killed every 20 mins unless he arranges for $150million to be transferred to a bank account within that time. Needlessto say, the first deadline does expire and then another and thenanother, but the clues all point back to Bill himself, castingsuspicion on the very individual we so easily assume to be the one whosaves the day.

    For Bill (and the rest of us who continue to believe that he is justbeing set up), there are plenty of possible suspects on board. Could itbe Bill's chatty seat mate Jen (Julianne Moore) who seems to display aninordinate amount of concern for him? Could it be either one of the airhostesses air hostesses Nancy (Michelle Dockery) and/or Gwen (LupitaNyong'o)? Could it be the co-pilot (Jason Butler Harner) who's neverreally trusted Bill? Could it be a hot-headed New York cop (CoreyStoll)? Or how about the thirty-something bespectacled dude (ScootMcNairy) who had tried to make small talk with Bill prior to theflight?

    But if there's one thing that we know, it's that it cannot be the mostobvious one of them all, a Muslim doctor Fahim Nasir (Omar Metwally)whom Bill regularly relies on to check the pulses and confirm thedeaths of his victims. Tapping on our post-9/11 paranoia of airplanes,Serra and his screenwriters concoct a revolving door of possiblestereotypical culprits that the smart viewer hopes that the film issmarter than to eventually pin blame on (rest assured, the film doeseventually offer this small reassurance). That said, you shouldprobably be prepared to be less than blown away with the revelation atthe end, which strains to find motive for the crime but comes outfalling short.

    Is it any surprise that credibility isn't exactly the movie's strongsuite? Indeed, if you're going to be scrutinising the proceedings forimplausibilities, you might as well not even board this flight. Aslightly more than moderate suspension of disbelief is necessary tofully enjoy the disposable B-grade thrills here, which among otherthings, assumes that there is still live broadcast TV coverage whilethe plane is travelling over international air space. On his part,Serra rewards those willing to check their disbelief at the boardinggate with brisk pacing designed to keep you on the edge of your seatfrom start to finish.

    And you know what? He does succeed, to a large extent, and may we add,to a far greater extent that we had expected. Encouraging its viewer toplay detective alongside Bill with what limited clues presented onscreen, Serra further tightens the noose by making full use of theenclosed environment to induce a sense of claustrophobic danger.Nowhere is this more apparent than a full-on mano-a-mano brawl thattakes place within the tight confines of the bathroom, where Neesononce again showing off his prowess at close-quarters grappling that wasa trademark of his 'Taken' movies.

    Unfortunately, those expecting the same level of excitement from thesefight scenes will probably be disappointed. No thanks to the setting,there is very little room for Neeson to engage in many of these, andwhether by artistic choice or spatial limitations, the photographyremains too much in close-up mode. And yet Neeson remains undoubtedlythe tough-guy hero of the movie first by his imposing physicality, butalso more importantly by his thespian muscles that lend his torturedcharacter plenty of gravitas despite some brutally stiff dialogue atthe more supposedly poignant moments.

    It is also Neeson who keeps the movie from flying off the rails eventhough it does get increasingly ludicrous in the third act on its wayto an explosive finale. No surprises that there is a bomb on board, itdoes detonate mid-flight, and it does end with an emergency landingmade under the most dire of circumstances that pretty much obliteratesthe plane from ever flying again – truth be told, it's been a whilesince we've seen a similar high-altitude set thriller on the big screenthat its clichés no longer feel so. It's no 'Taken' that's for sure,but it packs a fair share of solid gripping thrills in between anAgatha Christie mystery that makes it perfectly watchable for those inneed of an action fix.

  2. Trenton Hoshiko from United States
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    "Non-Stop" is an action mystery thriller starring Liam Neeson andJulianne Moore and is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan).The story takes place 30,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean inside of aplane traveling from New York to London. Bill (Liam Neeson) is aFederal Air Marshall with a troubled past. He is assigned to accompanythe international flight when things take a turn for the worst andthere is an apparent hijacking of the plane. The catch: Bill is beingframed. Don't worry though, I haven't spoiled anything you couldn'tfind in the trailer already. But, while it might sound like you haveheard this plot 100 times before just in different settings, you may bein fact incorrect.

    Overall, I actually quite enjoyed this movie, which is not something Iwas so sure about when I went into it. This movie keeps audiencesguessing throughout and is almost like "Whodunit" on a plane. Thiscarries the movie well, advancing the plot and allowing audiences todiscover new leads alongside of Bill. You cannot assume anything with"Non-Stop". It does a great job of building tensions and increasinganxiety as the minutes tick by, and as with any mystery you are neversure what is around the next corner.

    With better than expected plot and better than expected technicalprowess, Non-Stop is a great movie for action fans who want something alittle bit more!

    If you want to read my longer review see it at:

  3. Taizpian from United States
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    I saw an advanced screening of this movie yesterday, and I wasabsolutely blown away. I had hoped it would be a fun thrill-ride, but Idid not expect it to be as exciting and involved as it was.

    My favorite part of this movie, was the fact that it takes a plot thatis implausible, and makes it as plausible as possible. You candefinitely tell that the writers did their research on air marshals,airplane mechanics, etc. There was not one moment in this film that Iwas bored, and it was filled to the brim with twists, and turns.

    There definitely is a lot that went into this movie, and even thoughit'll have you thinking more deeply about the security of airlines,most of all it's just a really, really fun ride.

  4. verovalera1976 from Montreal, Canada
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    I've just seen this movie after winning tickets for the"avant-premiere" here in Montreal, and I can tell you that it's worthit!!! Action from the beginning to the end, great special effects andoutstanding cast!! Being a fan of Neeson since Schindler's list, Ithink it's one of his best!! The story is awesome as well, telling usabout the past of the main character and his self-control of thesituation. Neeson, even at almost 62, is in great shape and theproducers had really the good idea to cast him. If you see this moviein a plane, you better fasten your seat belt! It's not only theturbulence that will shake you! I can assure you!!

  5. DjangoLand from United Kingdom
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Never and i repeat never, have i ever dozed off during a film; nomatter how bad it is, no matter if i was suffering from lack of sleepor figuratively dying from a hangover. Never have i nodded off….untilNon-Stop. This film is not intense, it isn't full of suspense, i wasn'ton the edge of my seat. I literally can take nothing from this film.The one thing that did look good where those first class seats on theplane that go down to a bed, because 30 minutes into this film that'swhere i wanted to be. I honestly don't see why this film could garnersuch praise.

    It is lifeless and with absolute common sense, i knew exactly who thekiller was. So the element of surprise was basically non-existent. Thewhole thing drags in, every now and then trying its very best to injectsome life into a film that had been in a coma from the first minute. Intypical Neeson-esque fashion, the ridiculousness goes to the extremeand then there is "The Yawn". Yes, if there where an academy award formost blatantly fake yawn, then Liam Neeson would win hands down.

    Cheesy one liners, preposterous acting, a soul-less plot and i typethis with confidence when i say you would get more suspense by sittingat home and playing a game of Cluedo or Guess Who?

  6. Frank Jones
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Well, this is one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. Igave it one star. I actually would have given it minus 1 star (forwasting my time and the politically correct portrayal of Islam aspeaceful and of non-Muslims as terrorists (yes, you read that right).Sure, there's some suspense, but the dumb story, the Islam appeasement,the portraying of 9/11 victims as terrorists and that of Muslims askind, peaceful people, is just stunning – stunning because it isincorrect, wrong, not true but politically correct and lame. Making youbelieve that Islam is peaceful (I watched the movie the day Islamicterrorists massacred dozens with knifes in a Chinese city) while tryingto make you believe 9/11 victims are terrorists just leaves mespeechless.

    So as I already said:

    The terrorist is a 9/11 family member. Yes, you read that right; theterrorist is a 9/11 family-member who lost a loved-one in the WorldTrade Center on that terrible September morning.

    It gets worse…

    After 9/11, this 9/11 family member-turned-terrorist then joined themilitary but found himself disillusioned by the pointless wars.

    And now…

    The 9/11 family member-turned-terrorist is upset because America hasn'tdone enough to ensure there will never be another 9/11. And so hefigures that if he can get an air marshal blamed for a terroristattack, America will wake up and anally probe us before we're allowedon a plane, or something.

    It gets worse…

    The villain's sidekick is a member of the American military willing tomurder 150 innocent people for a payday.

    It gets worse…

    The one passenger on the plane who is forever helpful, kind,reasonable, noble, and never under suspicion is a Muslim doctor dressedin traditional Muslim garb including a full beard.

    Drop dead, Hollywood.

    No one wants to watch such movies.

  7. shawneofthedead from
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Non-Stop – the latest installment in Liam Neeson's ongoing careerrenaissance as a geriatric action hero – is an odd beast. Its premiseand trailer hint at a ridiculous, campy story, one that can enjoyedwith very little concern for logic or reality. What's surprising aboutNon-Stop is that its first half actually shows great promise as asolid, rather serious action thriller, particularly with director JaumeCollet-Serra ladling heaps of tension into the narrative. Ironically,it's when the film veers irretrievably into ridiculous, campy territorythat it crashes and burns.

    Bill Marks (Neeson), a federal air marshal, settles himself in for atransatlantic flight. With a well-trained eye, he scopes out his fellowpassengers in first class, including his chatty neighbour Jen (JulianneMoore), but doesn't spot anything amiss – until, that is, he receivesan ominous text message demanding a wire transfer of US$150 millioninto an off-shore account. Failure to comply, he is informed, willresult in someone on the plane dying every twenty minutes.

    A bit of an outrageous premise, it's true, but Collet-Serra actuallymanages to make it work – kind of. The film's first hour unfolds withtension and tiny twists aplenty, as Bill races against time to tracethe source of the threatening messages but keeps coming up empty. Thefirst death is a stroke of story-telling genius, just as it's actuallypossible to see the metaphorical noose tightening around Bill's ownneck as he comes under suspicion for causing rather than trying to stopthe mayhem on the plane. Red herrings are liberally baked into thefilm's plot, to the extent that audiences – and Bill – will be rathereffectively kept guessing about the culprit for quite a while.

    There's even much to enjoy in the complicated dynamics among thepassengers on the plane; they range in response from belligerent (CoreyStoll's rage-filled cop) to terrified (Scoot McNairy's Tom Bowen), fromhelpful (Nate Parker's Zack White and Omar Metwally's Doctor Nasir) toantagonistic (Anson Mount as Bill's colleague, Jack Hammond). Given histroubled backstory, Bill has a bit of a prickly relationship withflight attendant Nancy (Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery). It all addswelcome tension, drama and even comedy to the flight, and contributesred herrings galore to the plot, as Bill struggles to determine who hecan trust.

    But surprisingly good things must come to an end, and so it is forNon-Stop. The film's final act sees it degenerate from fairlywell-plotted thriller to nonsensical mile-high melodrama. The entireplot in which Bill is ensnared – so tautly fascinating at the start -winds up making very little sense, whether in emotional orpsychological terms. The grand, crazy opera of it all is onlyexacerbated by the outrageously action-packed denouement: this is wherethe film was clearly headed all along, with fisticuffs, gunplay andexplosions the order of the day, but it actually feels sillier becauseof what came before.

    The cast is, broadly, very good. Neeson actually doesn't phone it in,just looks grim and determined as he always does in this little sub-genre of films he's built up around himself. Moore is at least ahundred times too good for this material, and so lends her characterconsiderable empathy – and a hint of suspicion too, since it's hard toimagine an actress of her calibre and stature signing on to this filmif she didn't have something meatier to do. Dockery radiates uptighttension, a Lady Mary of the sky, and Nyong'o – so arresting in 12 YearsA Slave – is essentially a filler character as another flight attendantwho flits around in the background looking worried all the time.

    On the whole, Non-Stop is enjoyable, particularly in its gripping,tense first half. It's surprisingly rich and well-executed, as Billstruggles to make sense of an apparently routine job gone quite badlywrong. But the film struggles to become a more coherent whole,especially when it plunges into overblown action territory. That'swhere, one suspects, it was always intended to reside, but this is adescent that winds up feeling like a letdown, especially in contrastwith its smoother take- off and flight.

  8. Marmaduke90 from Australia
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Cinema can reflect the historical emotions and political temperament ofa country. The characters Liam Neeson chooses to play embody the post9/11 angst and the impulsive right wing rhetoric of violence andretribution. These were the grounds for which America went to war inboth Iraq and Afghanistan. It is why Muslims and Arabs were raciallyvilified in America. Throughout the history of cinema the United Stateshas used the medium to channel its fears of foreign threats fromIndians, Nazis, Soviets, Arabs and Asia. But for how long should filmscontinue to channel the same fears and terrors? 9/11 was thirteen yearsago and yet action films are still being made to reinvigorate racialand religious agendas and to deliberately instill fear over nationalsecurity and the American way of life. How was a film like Olympus HasFallen from last year, where Asian suicide bombers attacked the WhiteHouse, allowed to be made with such vicious racial hatred?

    It's a mystery as to why Liam Neeson wants any part of this. WithTaken, Taken 2, Unknown, The Grey he has been typecast to play squarejawed, indestructible American characters that are indisputably good,endlessly resourceful and ultimately dull. I find the Taken films mostproblematic, where he plays a former CIA agent. He has on two occasionssaved his family from Albanian terrorists by hunting, torturing andmurdering them. Why is this once serious actor interested in this levelof fascism and barbaric xenophobia? He is all too willing to embody acharacter that represents blind, righteous vengeance in the name ofquaint family values. His film choices are about personal therapy asmuch as political rhetoric. In 2009, a year after making the firstTaken film, Liam Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson died in a skiingaccident. Many of the films he has chosen since then involve his familybeing in danger or in the case of The Grey, he is grieving for hiswife.

    Reteaming with Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of Unknown, Liam Neesonis glum and depressed again in Non-Stop. The film thankfully sidestepsracial vilification but this is still an ode to 9/11 paranoia, whichmakes the story seem tardy. Neeson plays Bill Marks, an air marshal whois an alcoholic and has a tragic domestic history that has once againleft him in mourning. On board a flight, he is sent a text message froman anonymous source telling him that they are going to kill someoneevery twenty minutes until a large sum of money is transferred into abank account. The film is a mystery, a "who done it", like Cluedo withhandguns. Is it the woman (played by Julianne Moore) he's just met, hisfellow air marshal or one of the other passengers? As Bill struggles tofind who the murderer is his superiors think that he has gone off therails because of his alcoholism, leaving himself as a suspect.

    The director's mistake is wallowing in Liam Neeson's self-seriousness.The film is colourless in every way. It is photographed in drab tonesand his lead actor's performance is as predictably bleak as it was inTaken and now verges of self-parody. Bill is an alcoholic fightingmachine, who can kill someone in an aeroplane toilet without blinking.It's not all dour though. There are laughs in the film but they're notintentional. The film might have worked with a different actor. Thecasting sabotages potential ideas in the script by the film's threenovice screenwriters. The passengers grow more agitated by Bill'serratic behaviour and manhandling and it is suggested that he isattempting to steal the money for himself. But these are only redherrings. With Liam Neeson there is a numbing inevitability about howthese threads will resolve themselves. The film is all setup and nopayoff when we know it will resort to shootouts, knife fights and eye-rolling plot devices (it ticks). It's increasingly stupid, implausibleand full of holes and especially disinterested in physics, realism andhuman reactions. The film is a tribute to heroes of American safety,those who acted bravely during 9/11, but it trivialises the fears thatAmericans still have by turning towards improbable action clichés andcartoon violence. What benefit is that to anyone?

  9. amandawellgreen from New Zealand
    02 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    I love really good action movies and Liam Neeson has truly becomesomeone to watch. This movie was intense and kept you guessingthrough-out. It's not an Oscar winner rather an audience pleaser so ifyou go in remembering that you'll enjoy. As a female it was great tohave Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery represent with fairlysubstantial parts and not have to behave like some action-movie bimbos- very satisfying. Oh and the cameo from Anson Mount was appreciated aswell! The best recommendation I can give is that my husband woke upthis morning and said "I really enjoyed that movie last night and I'mquite surprised!"

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