Friday, February 28, 2014

Non Stop....Guessing Game

    It's winter which means it's time for Liam Neeson to step into the aging hero role. I don't say this as a knock. The characters that he has brought us in the last couple of years solidify him as a legit bad ass. This time around, all of the action is on a flight over the Atlantic. Neeson has become good at playing a physical, but also thinking man's hero. Non Stop is being billed as mid air thrill ride and does have some expectations to live up to.

  Liam Neeson plays Air Marshal Bill Marks who begins an investigation to find out who is putting his fellow passengers at risk. There are a series of texts that threaten lives every twenty minutes.  unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. The situation gets worse when Neeson discovers he is being framed as a terrorist. 


   Julianne Moore becomes is unlikely ally and together they have to unravel the plot before their time literally runs out. The film does a great job of keeping you guessing. You know twists are coming, but you're never really sure where it will come from. You are introduced to several characters and even when you think you know who the villain is, you end up wrong. A decent concept and filled with more than a few political undertones. It definitely plays on the public fear of what may happen on planes. 

   I appreciate that they give Neeson's character real world problems. He is a troubled guy who is forced to do his job and we never really know who to trust. I wish his dialogue was bit more memorable Ala Taken, but the film works. The situation gets a little far etched towards the end, but it certainly isn't a bad watch. I will not say that Non Stop is a wall to wall thriller, but it does keep your attention. In a nut shell, interesting more than exciting. 

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