Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Non-Stop film review

Went to see this movie today as part of the Senior Screen at Leeds/Bradford Odeon with my friends B and A.

IMDB says: An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Taken) is excellent as Air Marshall William Marks, a damaged hero, who is the only thing between the terrorists and the passengers.  On the window seat next to him is Julianne Moore (The Fugitive, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle) playing Jen Summers, who is the only person he trusts on the plane apart from Nancy the air stewardess (Michelle Dockery of Hanna, Downton Abbey) when things start to go wrong.

The interplay between Neeson and Moore works very well and the director, Jaume Collet-Serra, is very good at making you suspect one passenger and then another as the plot twists and turns.  Suspects range from fellow passengers such as Tom Bowen (Scoot McNairy of Argo, Monsters), Austin Reilly (Corey Stoll of The Bourne Legacy, Salt), Dr Fahim Nasir (Omar Metwally of Rendition, Munich) or Zack White (Nate Parker of Red Tails, Arbitrage) and even the crew are under suspicion, including the captain, co-pilot, stewardess Gwen (an underused Lupita Nyong'o of 12 Years a Slave, East River) and fellow air marshal Jack Hammond (Anson Mount of In Her Shoes, Safe).

It is a shame that more background is not given to the Jen Summers character and the film does have some loopholes (like, who shot a poison dart through the hole in the wall in the toilets?) but it was a very entertaining action, mystery, thriller.

Tagline: The hijacking was just the beginning.                                                7/10


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