SYNOPSIS: Global action star Liam Neeson stars in NON-STOP, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. NON-STOP, which reunites Neeson with UNKNOWN director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore.


Liam Neeson reunites with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra to deliver yet again a mystery thriller this time set onboard a transatlantic flight from New York to London.   

Bill Marks is the name of the character he plays here, essentially the same tough guy character he played in Taken but with an alcoholic problem. A former cop, he now works as an U.S. federal air marshal and on one such flight, Bill received a mysterious sms stating that a passenger on the plane will die every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to a bank account. When the captain suddenly dies and the account number is revealed to be belonging to Bill, the mystery deepens. Is Bill the hijacker or is there really a killer hidden among the passengers? 

Non-Stop offers a compelling 102 minutes viewing experience with plenty of twists and turns and chunk of Neeson getting rough with his opponents. While he is not busy twisting someone’s neck or hand, he is getting cozy with a fellow passenger, Jen played by Julianne Moore (Neeson’s co-star in Chloe). But wait, could the suspect be Jen instead of Bill? Or could it be that cell phone programmer Zack White? No, no, no it’s more likely the other guy.

Plausibility and logic doesn’t count when you are watching a movie liked Non-Stop. Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra knows how to up the tension, suspense but apparently is pretty helpless when it comes to delivering a coherent twist. Still, it doesn’t matter because the movie entertains for the most part and also the screen presence of the growling, lanky Liam Neeson that has us grabbing on to our seats.

This is not by any chance setting a gold standard for a whodunit thriller. At the very minimum, it offers a rather smooth watch until the next Taken arrives in theaters.  




The DVD looks good on TV but the 2.0 soundtrack is a little disappointing as the action unfolds in the finale.    



Review by Linus Tee



Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker, Anson Mount, Michelle Dockery, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache, Omar Metwally, Jason Butler Harner
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Rating: PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Violence)
Year Made: 2014




Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time:  1 hr 42 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East Entertainment