Here we have Liam Nesson, in yet another action movie. Who would have thought? It seems as if he has ditched his career as a dramatic acting career in favor for a more action-packed career, which I am actually okay with. I mean, what kind of baddie would hope to go up against this Irish badass and win?
Non-Stop had a surprisingly great premise. I mean, we’ve all seen our fair share of action flicks that took place 40,000 feet in the air, but we’ve never seen Liam Nesson up that high. Though it had a tense setup and a pretty great first and second act, the third part of the film was where the plot started to falter.
It seems as if the writers didn’t really know how to end the film so they just threw their hands up in the air and ended it like most action movies do. To add to this, when the motive to this whole ordeal was revealed, I was pretty under-whelmed and confused. I can’t say they nailed all the dialogue either. There were some scenes in the film that had some pretty dumb lines.
It was strange to see all the great actors and actresses featured in an action movie like this one. Liam Nesson, who portrayed the alcoholic Air Marshall Bill Marks, was awesome. He can kick some serious butt and act at the same time. That’s somewhat of a rarity these days. The supporting cast includes Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, and Lupita Nyong’o. Though they were good in their respected roles, the star here is Nesson.
I really enjoy ‘who-dun-it’ plots from time to time, but usually I can guess who the culprit was before the movie reveals it to me. For once, I wasn’t able to guess who it was. Non-Stop did a fine job at keeping me guessing the whole time. This was key to the movies entertainment value. If it was made apparent to the audience who the villain was and what they were doing, even by using a certain camera angle or look in a person’s eye, this movie wouldn’t have been as enjoyable as it was.
There were actually a few moments in the film that caused me to develop stress and a headache, and I really haven’t decided if this was a good or bad point. Though it was a sign that I really cared about the events going on in the movie, some of the scenes were stressful to the point of where I was wishing they would just end. This only happened one or two times, though.
I can’t say that Non-Stop is a great action film, but it was quite enjoyable. The film had some not so perfect dialogue, and featured a somewhat disappointing final act. But even though it had quite a few flaws, I had a great time with Liam Neeson’s latest action packed outing. It was very tense, and I was caught up in trying to figure out who was the one pulling the strings before the characters in the film could. A word of advice: Don’t watch this one before a flight.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Screenplay: John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, Ryan Engle
Cast: Liam Nesson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o