A “Non-Stop” Nail Biter | Cyn’s Moview Review on Non-Stop

By: Cynthia Ayala 

Is Non-Stop a well made action film on a plane like Flightplan?  Or is as disastrous as Snakes on a Plane?  Read this review to find out.


Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Screenplay by: John W. Richardson, Chris Roach & Ryan Engle

Story by: John W. Richardson & Chris Roach

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Jason Butler Harner, Anson Mount & Lupita Nyong’O

During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline 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 is a film that is, in no short way, going to push viewers to the edge of their seats.

Exceedingly better than expected, Non-Stop stars Liam Neeson who plays an alcoholic flight marshal on a non-stop flight from New York to London.  His own issues aside, it would seem that someone has decided to hijack his flight.  The terrorist has slipped onto the flight and has figured out a way to hack onto the flight network, the secure network the air marshals use to communicate with one another. With a flight manifest of over a hundred passengers, ferreting out the culprit is on a time limit pushes the viewer to the edge alongside Neeson.

The thrill and the adrenaline rush was so well written.  Every time it seems as though the culprit has been apprehended, something happens to make the audience look in another direction.  There is no foreshadowing within the movie, and the mystery is revealed to the audience alongside Liam Neeson.  That is a sign of good writing because the audience is enraptured by the mystery, by each new variable as Neeson’s character searches for who the terrorist.  Misdirection is a powerful tool used very subtly in this movie to give the audience little snippets of what’s to come within the next following moments and then something unexpected happens at each turn, sending Neeson’s character back to square one of the mystery.

Usually, movies that take place on planes are very touch and go. Snakes on a Plane, starring Samual L. Jackson was so bad it’s funny and Flightplan with Jodie Foster was good.  It’s due to the fact that you’re putting the audience in a very small space to work with and that also traps the writers in very small pieces to work with so it has to be very story oriented in order to be made believable, and this movie was able to pull that off without a hitch.  Hackers and terrorists exist and they are able to do a lot, especially when put together.  The writers use all the small elements to create suspense submerging the viewer into this film, thus making it believable instead of outrageous.

Additionally the writers were also able to turn this into an action film by inputting various instances of fight scenes into the movie as it begins it’s descent into the last half hour.  It’s not overwhelming, it’s put in strategically to the point where it fits the story.

That is grounds for a well-made suspense film.  ★★★☆ (B+)

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