Since Taken, Liam Neeson has reinvented himself as one of the best action stars of Hollywood. He handsomely leads the list of Hollywood actors in the 60s club known for kickass action and élan. In Non-Stop, he takes action to all new heights as he attempts to stop a probable hijack of a plane. A formulaic tense thriller, the film, manages to entertain even with a jaded screenplay.
Liam plays Air Marshall Bill Marks, who hops on a flight from New York to London. He experiences take-off jitters and is comforted by co-passenger Jen Summers, played by Julianne Moore. After the flight reaches an altitude, Bill is normal He goes to the toilet and when he’s all set to take a puff after masking the smoke detectors, he receives a text message from an unknown number. The message reads that one of the passengers will be killed in the next 20 minutes, unless, $150 million is not wired to a bank account. He receives the bank account number in the following message.
Bill and Summers, put together a list of suspects by scanning through the passengers. 20 minutes later, someone does expire, and another after that. It is also learnt that the bank account number is in the name of Bill, and therefore, all fingers automatically point at him. But Bill realizes that someone in the aircraft knows him inside out and is pulling the strings to make look like the culprit.
The only thing that’s fascinating about the film is the fact that the tension unfolds at 30,000 feet than usually on ground. If you replace the airplane situation with plots of any film in this genre, then Non-Stop becomes a clichéd actioner that attempts to heighten the action avatar of Liam Neeson like his previous outings such as Taken 2 and A-Team.
Liam is gradually following in the footsteps of Bruce Willis, who is usually known for characters such as these. The only difference is that Willis has been doing for nearly two decades, but Liam has jumped on the bandwagon recently. Nevertheless, he has risen to the one of best action heroes in Hollywood.
Non-Stop is a onetime entertaining watch as it never deviates from the path of impressing audiences with thrills. It’s best enjoyed when the least is expected from it, and you would pleasantly surprised by the time you walk out of the cinemas.