Movie review: Non-Stop (2014)


‘Non-Stop’ is a mystery-action film which revolves on an air marshal whom springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. The film starred Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupito Nyongo, Scott McNairy, etc. So, this is a film about a plane that gets hijacked. Seems interesting and despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, this movie filled my Thursday’s night awesomely. This is beyond my expectation, and is a surprise to me that it is so good. Luckily, I didn’t miss this movie which is released early this year.

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Well, the most focus would be on Liam Neeson since he portrayed the air marshal, the main character of the film. He is the one receiving message from an unknown person in the plane threatening to kill a passenger in every 20 minutes if the money is not transferred to him. It’s some sort of a silent game between the two at first, but then everything slowly builds up to extreme tension and panic, while the terrorists are finally revealed in the end to my shock. This movie seriously gets you surprised by all the twists. It is those twists that would get you all engaged, curious, felt suspicious and keep guessing, but in the end you are wrong. That’s cool. This is a technique usually successfully on drawing people’s attention to a particular film, and ‘Non-Stop’ did it brilliantly from the start to the end.

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And I’m also happy that the story didn’t start up slow as everything suspenseful and thrilling commenced right when the plane took off after about 15 minutes of the film. That’s quick. Usually, films like this will have draggy beginning, but not for this one. It’s also interesting to see that the air marshal’s character is quite developed too, and I personally like it when the character itself is turned from being a hero into a suspect of the plane’s hijacker. I also like film that had a refined setting where the people are literally trapped and space is limited (in this case, the 150 people on board the plane), while this usually paves way for extraordinary and intense situations as observed in this film that executed this well. On the other hand, the actions are not much, but are good enough and are not over-the-top.

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Liam Neeson isn’t my favourite actor, but his presence in this film shouldn’t be ignored, not even a single second. He contributed a solid performance overall. This is a very heavy role as all the others are just like minor supporting or cameo roles as the passengers, flight crews (2) or the pilots (2). All the scenes concentrated on him. Fortunately, I can say he nailed it. If not, he will ‘crash’ the movie down. Hmm…the last few minutes of the movie is very intense and heart-stopping (when the bomb goes off and the plane made a nail-biting emergency landing). Awesome climax. I have been not feeling this thrilled or excited from a movie for quite some time. The only minor disappointment is that the ending is a bit too ordinary and dull. I prefer if it is made to be more emotional to conclude the film. There also some plot-holes which are left unexplained. But that wouldn’t bring down much of my positive reception of this film.

Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Non-Stop’ a total of 7.6. Now I knew why this film is called ‘non-stop’. It gives you continuous mystery, suspense and thrill all the way to the end. Hmm…unfortunately, this movie reminds me of the unknown fate of the missing plane MH370. It has been over 3 months since the plane disappeared. Where is it actually? This remains the biggest mystery. Hope this matter will be resolved soon.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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