Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Corey Stoll
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Written By: John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, Ryan Engle
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 46 min
Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop character Bill Marks and myself have one thing in common. We both hate to fly. Who really likes flying (other than the pilots maybe!?) The longs lines. The awful security treatment. Cramped conditions, and full knowledge that once you’re in the air – you have pretty much zero control over your own fate! Sorry. A touch dramatic probably. But being overly dramatic is also Non-Stop’s mission, and the creative team behind this film do a great job to make sure every one of our flight fears is thoroughly explored. You have emotional buttons, and they attempt to repeatedly push each one until the movie ends.
For the most part that plan is successfully realized, and Non-Stop is a pretty tense whodunnit or ‘whosdoinit’ at 30,000 feet. The script and plot too is pretty tight. That is until the last act, where certain sacrifices in logic are made to bring this high altitude thriller to its explosive conclusion. The big bad guy reveal too is a little underwhelming in my opinion. But if you’re after realism, go watch a training video on air travel security and physics! This is a movie, and the usual laws don’t apply. As long as everything seems kind-a-possible and we’re entertained – who cares? I didn’t, and I found Non-Stop an entertaining ride.
Your enjoyment of this film is going to partly depend on what you want from it. If you’re looking for a great murder mystery which strictly adheres to logic and reason. This isn’t the film for you. If you can suspend disbelief for a couple of hours, then Non-Stop is going to entertain.
Despite the cramped space on the plane, Non-Stop is really well shot. There are also some nice moments of humor sprinkled throughout the movie. A crowded matinée or full price showing would be fun. At home, a HD viewing for sure.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
There’s a moment where Bill Marks has a fight inside one of the planes toilets. It’s an incredibly tight space, but the scene is shot and edited really well.