Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
February 28, 2014 Non-Stop
Studio: StudioCanal Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references.
In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, we are all much more aware of the dangers that face us when we fly.
In "Non-Stop", Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a U.S. Air Marshal on a transatlantic flight to Europe. Marks' personal life is a mess. He's an alcoholic with a terrible relationship with his family and his boss.
After takeoff, Marks starts getting text messages threatening that a passenger will die every 20 minutes unless 150 million dollars is transferred into an off-shore account.
The marshal starts questioning passengers, which creates fear and suspicion on the plane.
In the wake of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, airplane passengers are much more likely to fight for their survival if something happens on their flight.
Not everyone is certain that Marks is on the right side of the law. He's forced to explain himself and his actions in order to gain their trust.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, "Non-Stop" has plot holes you could fly a 747 through. But, it manages to stay in the air with a story that keeps you guessing about who is orchestrating the action, and why are they doing it.
The movie gives us plenty of suspects with motives and we, along with Marks, have to whittle down the list until the villain is revealed.
An added complication to the mix rears its head when Marks is actually suspected of hijacking the plane and trying to pad his own bank account. That just fuels the fire of mistrust.
While there is some action this is mostly a mystery-thriller. As the clock keeps turning the stakes get even higher, until the marshal has to make a life or death decision for everyone on board.
This is a harmless popcorn movie that won't stick with you very long. However, it is an entertaining diversion.
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