“Non-Stop” Stops The Suspense Cold
U.S. Release Date: 2/28/14
The messages demand that the airline transfer $150 million into a private account. Until that happens, a passenger will be killed every twenty minutes.
Marks, who also manages to exchange a few “maybe I’m interested in you” sparks with passenger Jen Summers (Julianne Moore), considers every passenger in the plane, including members of the fight crew, to be suspect.
Peppered with underdeveloped, unsympathetic and horrendously cliche characters (we don’t care about any of them) John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle’s screenplay is ridiculously boring and predictable. The suspense and menace, which should be relentlessly slamming its way through the storyline, appears to have taken a very long vacation.
Neither Neeson nor Moore, who both have the ability to shine on the screen, can save this movie. We don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but there’s a moment when Marks does something so incredibly dumb that you’re literally clutching the armrests on the seat to prevent yourself from screaming your lungs out. It truly is very painful to watch.
In a nutshell, director Jaume Collet-Sera, who previously helmed Orphan and the Neeson starrer Unknown, brings absolutely nothing new to the genre. And that’s a shame. Given the film’s basic premise, which is a very chilling one, Non-Stop could have been a brilliant thriller. Alas, this is not the case.
If you have absolutely nothing else to do, and really want to kill a couple of hours, then go see this movie. If, on the other hand, you have something remotely better to do, save your bucks and wait for the digital and DVD release.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Palmer, Corey Stoll, Lupita Nyong’o, Omar Metwally, Jason Butler Harner, Limus Roaches, Shea Whigham and Anson Mount
Screenwriters: John W. Richardson & Chris Roach & Ryan Engle. Story by John W. Richardson and Chris Roach
Producers: Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman
Executive Producers: Steve Richards, Ron Halpern, Olivier Courson, Herbert W. Gaines and Jeff Wadlow
Image Info: Liam Neeson in Non Stop. Copyright Universal Pictures 2014. All Rights Reserved.