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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published June 27th 2014

"Another Liam Neeson action/thriller..." is the rhetorical question you may ask yourself. The important question is however… "is it any good?" Well let's take a look shall we…

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, starring the incomparable Liam Neeson alongside Julianne Moore. The film depicts a transatlantic flight from New York to London in which a calamitous chain of events occur during mid flight, forcing air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) to kick into action.

With the narrative quickly developing, director Collet-Serra does an excellent job in keeping the suspense and tension high; an effort i'm sure Alfred Hitchcock would approve of.

A suffering alcoholic who ironically hates flying and silently griefs for his deceased daughter by looking down empty bottlenecks of whiskey and gin, Bill Marks' life seems to be swirling down the drain. Unbeknownst to him, his life would change forever in the space of one airplane flight.

Bill keeps in constant contact with his superior via a secure phone network, as Bill boards the plane and takes his seat he receives a message from an unknown source asking him if he is ready to do his duty, and threatening to kill passengers once every 20 minutes if $150 million dollars isn't transferred into a certain bank account.

Things just got serious...

At this point in the film a new dimension is found, one in which transports the audience into a frenzied guessing game to detect who the would be assailant is. Many twists and turns are taken that only lead to confuse and deluge the viewers with mistrust and deceivement.

The exposition of the film reveals Marks as being depressed and of ill temperament; having a couple of run-ins with some passengers before boarding the plane, giving the subtle impression that Marks may be the antagonist as opposed to the protagonist. This same 'curtain of illusionment' is also draped before the character Jen Summers (Julianne Moore) who sits next to Marks on the plane.

Non-Stop certainly lives up to it's title, and I believe Liam Neeson (who has self-created this action hero typecast) gives a solid performance as U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks.
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Why? Fast paced, action packed
When: Out now
Where: DVD and Blu-ray
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