By Christian Le Feuvre (Manchester, UK)
Just returned from seeing the new thriller Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.
There are films which you definitely have to see in the cinema and some which can easily wait till they arrive on Sky or TV. This film, I’m afraid, comes under the latter.
Liam Neeson stars as US Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks who, on a flight to London, starts receiving texts from someone on board threatening to kill passengers unless millions of dollars are paid into a specific account. When, in a roundabout way, the texter makes good their threats Bill has to do all he can to find out who it is and protect the other passengers.
The title describes the flight they are on more than the action in the movie, as it was surprisingly sparse. There were though some good moments and some clever visual effects, especially as the text messages being received are displayed on screen.
Following his success as an action hero in Taken and its sequel, Liam Neeson does a good job in this movie too, however the action is not as gripping as one would hope. The resolution and discovery of who the ‘texter’ is a bit of an anti-climax actually and it doesn’t leave the viewer leaving the cinema still thinking ‘WOW, I didn’t see that coming’ as a good whodunnit/thriller should, it actually made me think ‘Oh really, is that it?’ Unfortunately the story makes little sense especially when the texter’s identity and motives come to light. There are a couple of good fight scenes and Liam Neeson has taken the role of ‘action-hero’ pretty well.
In all Non-Stop isn’t non-stop action or a clever whodunnit style thriller either, having said that it isn’t a total bore either.