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While Liam Neeson is undoubtedly an asset, Non-Stop wastes its cast -- not to mention its solid premise and tense setup -- on a poorly conceived story that hinges on a thoroughly unbelievable final act.



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Global action star Liam Neeson stars in NON-STOP, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. NON-STOP, which reunites Neeson with UNKNOWN director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore and will be released by Universal Pictures on February 28, 2014. The StudioCanal production is also produced by Andrew Rona and Steve Richards. (C) Universal


Liam Neeson
as Bill Marks
Julianne Moore
as Jen Summers
Corey Stoll
as Austin Reilly
Scoot McNairy
as Tom Bowen
Nate Parker
as Zack White
Omar Metwally
as Dr. Fahim Nassir
Linus Roache
as David McMillan
Shea Whigham
as Agent Marenick
Anson Mount
as Jack Hammond
Corey Hawkins
as Travis Mitchell
Frank Deal
as Charles Wheeler
Bar Paly
as Iris Marianne
Edoardo Costa
as Herve Philbert
Jon Abrahams
as David Norton
Amanda Quaid
as Emily Norton
Beth Dixon
as Older Woman
Cameron Moir
as Steward
Lars Gerhard
as German Father
Oliver Lehne
as German Son
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 Anchor
Annika Pergament
as NY1 Reporter
Victoria Arbiter
as Tilkynna 3 Reporter
Dani DeWaal
as Airline Attendant
Adi Hanash
as Security Officer
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  • Jun 21, 2016
    When I first saw previews for this I called it "Taken Plane." After seeing it, it is everything but that. Excellent script that keeps you guessing and trying to figure out "who dun it." Liam Neeson does a great job and keeps you rooting for him the entire film. He gets a great supporting cast as well. Top notch performance by Corey Stoll as the NYPD detective passenger on the plane as well. The only downside to this film was that when the film started it almost seemed like the first 2-4 minutes were cut and just dropped you right into the film. A little confusing but nothing extreme to take away from the rest of the film.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2016
    Liam Neeson in a plane playing an Air Marshal, I think I'm gonna hire him as a bodyguard! All jokes aside here's the positives/negatives. Positives: 1. Liam Neeson is awesome, enough said. But in all seriousness, you care about his character throughout the entire film and he displays this masculinity about his character, and he definitely fits this type of role. Julianne Moore was also good too. 2. The tone; this film is very thrilling and pretty suspenseful. I was glued to the screen for the most part and I cared about everything coming out of everyone's mouth. I was also invested in finding the bad guy and I had confidence that Liam Neeson's character knew what he was doing despite all the negative stuff happening to him. Negatives: 1. This film has a tonal shift once the final act happens and things go down. Before the final act this film was very claustrophobic and very grounded and thrilling. Once the final act happens it turns into this cliche action movie, especially a scene with slow motion and stuff that happens that make no sense. Despite all of that I still did enjoy it. 2. The final act felt tact on and I was kind of expecting more, however I was still invested. 3. It is kind of cliche, nothing about it is really original. It does kind of copy off other films but it is to be expected with most action movies these days. Overall: Non-Stop is a claustrophobic, thrilling and entertaining time. The premise and such is quite familiar but you'll probably have a good time and Liam Neeson definitely kicks ass as usual. Check it out.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Intense and very entertaining airplane thriller that perfectly uses its limited space for quite a built-up of suspense. The closer we get to an oddly over the top action finale, the more we're losing track of any signs of logic of coherence. Thankfully, before the film is spinning into unintentionally funny chaos, the road to that is pretty exciting.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2015
    What does this title even mean? seriously I know most action flicks have ridiculous names simply to look and sound cool (Rush Hour, Maximum Force, Sudden Death) but this is meaningless. I guess it means the action and suspense is...non-stop, good golly that's some good thinkin' right there, what's wrong with...Airplane...oh wait I see. Anyone else notice that some action flick titles are getting really obscure these days, especially Liam Neeson action flicks. I mean seriously...what the hell is 'Unknown' suppose to be? So anyway Neeson is a recovering alcoholic whose young daughter died from cancer years ago, oh and he also lost his job as a Now he's an air marshal flying from New York to London which he doesn't really enjoy doing. What I initially found amusing was all the stereotypical passengers which are automatically racially profiled, the main target naturally being a Muslim (or at least someone of Middle Eastern descent), a black youth and just a bunch of random looking white people. But as we all know the terror suspect (yeah its that kind of flick as if you didn't know) could be anyone. A plane load of civvies, one on the edge air marshal, one love interest and one obligatory cute little girl. Then all hell breaks loose as Marks (Neeson) starts getting threat texts on his special air marshal smartphone thingy. The whole premise does seem quite ridiculous really, in reality if this happened I'm sure they wouldn't do anything and just land the plane. As they say in the film it would be hard and obvious eventually if someone did start murdering folk on a plane. What also bugged me was the attitude of the passengers on this flight. Marks starts to take control and needs people to cooperate with his instructions and everyone starts whining and bitching. Oh you can't do this, you don't have the right, who put you in charge?? Errmm...he's the fecking air marshal you cretins, he's basically a police officer on the plane, if this dude has reasons to do something then it would be advisable to follow his instructions for your own safety, sheesh! I'll be honest, this film had me, I genuinely was unsure who would turn out to be the bad guy. You know to suspect everybody of course, in flicks like this we all know half the time its the heroes partner or person he made friends with on the plane or the nerdy guy that comes across as useless and weak (ahem). But yeah I went through everyone thinking ah its gotta be him or her, but I was totally wrong so kudos there. I also didn't know that flights have a special closed wi-fi network or secure line for air marshals, unless of course that's a movie thing. I know wi-fi on international flights isn't really a proper thing yet. Again I'll be honest, this film did have me on the edge of my seat for the most part. The plot isn't overly original but the slow building tension as things are amped up and Marks is seen as the actual threat does work nicely. I felt quite uneasy during the run time, I found myself really wanting Neeson's character to just explain from the start what has happened. The fact that everything has been recorded on his special smartphone thingy (all the serious threats) puts him in the clear so no worries. It frustrates you how Marks seems to keep everything shrouded in mystery and eventually you do begin to side with the annoying passengers. The stupid thing is towards the end he has to tell everyone what's going on anyway to get them on his side and for their help. Naturally everyone does end up believing him so you kinda wonder...why didn't you just do that in the first place Marks! What I didn't get is the fact that the villains plot only seems to work out by pure coincidence, the threat is someone will die every 20 minutes until this amount of money is transferred into this account blah blah blah. Yet this only happens because the villain is counting on Neeson's character to actually kill someone in his game of tricks...for the most part. So when things seemed to go awry it turns out it was all in this villains master plan anyway...pfft! So if Marks had just ignored it and fallen asleep...would anything had happened?? The villain was depending on Marks and his current unhinged state, without that...I dunno was there a plan B? Its nice to see Neeson actually play a character who isn't just some uber awesome badass with a halo on his bonce. Despite the fact he is actually an uber awesome badass he is also a bit of an A-hole too. I mean seriously Marks, you're stampeding around this international flight and scaring the bejesus outta everyone. OK sure the passengers are a typically annoying bunch of moaners but dude...a tad of diplomacy surely, you're not walking your beat here. So in the end everything turns out OK...what you didn't think it would? Are you suggesting they might leave an open ending so Mr. Neeson can take to the skies again in 'Non-Stop 2: Please Stop' and maybe even 'Non-Stop 3: Why Isn't This Stopping'?? Nope everything gets sorted out and wrapped up in a nice pretty little bow...phew! Can't deny the film was a solid blast of entertainment though, no doubting that, don't watch before flying though...well that goes without saying surely.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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