Non-Stop, the new mystery thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, we encounter Liam Neeson on a plane, which obviously only means something bad is going to go down and he is going to need to save the day. Neeson has a tendency to take on the character of a man with a troubled past looking for a peace of mind. In Non-Stop, he is a U.S air marshal assigned to a seemingly routine flight.
Neeson’s character, Bill Marks, receives an anonymous text on his cell phone from one of the passengers on the plane asking him to set a timer for 20 minutes. When Marks asks why, the anonymous person states that if he does not wire 150 million dollars into a certain account within the allotted time, somebody on the plane will die. As if a single dead passenger’s not bad enough, the count-down will begin again until the mystery culprit receives his money. At this point, everybody on-board becomes a suspect. Although Marks has a primary circle of trust, eventually even they will become suspects.
So who is the culprit? Is it Julianne Moore’s character, the chatty and curious woman sitting next to him asking a lot of personal questions? Is it the doctor? Is it the seemingly timid flight attendant who Bill trusts, played by Michelle Dockery? Or is it the man with the glasses and the shifty look?
Is this an unlikely scenario? Perhaps. However, Non-Stop satisfies audiences with its hand-shaking suspense and quick pace. It doesn’t take long to realize that Marks hasn’t exactly got things under control, because quickly a new problem appears. It is not long until we see him messing with the network system, luggage, poison and controlling the actions of every single passenger on the plane.
With so many options as to the identity of the culprit, the final unmasking is a legitimate thrill. Even the breadth of the crime is admittedly impressive.
Neeson does a great job in the lead role, but this is certainly the type-cast that Neeson has recently used to buy his mansions. How many more times can Neeson play this role, seeing as it increasingly numbs the audience to his obvious talent with each release. Additionally, Moore is a joy to watch and her character uplifts the action from its mundane trajectory.
Although we may never see Non-Stop as an in-flight movie, watching it at home might be a safer bet than walking onto the coffin of the skies that we call “Air France”.