Film Review: Non-Stop
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2.5/5 Liam Neeson is on typical flawed hero form in this (occasionally) tense action offering, set on a troubled transatlantic jet somewhere between New York and London. Non-Stop attempts to latch on to the collective nightmare of being in a plane that might just go down, and presents the human dilemma of a potential hijack situation in a straightforward and simplistic way – who is this man threatening our safety? Should we intervene? What is going on? Is it predictable? Yes, most of the time, and the occasional twists are not original or thought-provoking enough to redeem it. Certain moments are cheesy beyond belief – US air marshal Bill (Neeson) is being held to ransom by an unknown and mysterious hacker, who is sending text messages demanding $150 million – or one person on board will die every 20 minutes. In a maybe-or-maybe-not deliberate reference to Taken, one message needlessly asks how Bill’s daughter is doing. Really? The script is action hero-ready and full of dramatic cliché, especially in the scene in which Bill explains to the terrified and volatile passengers what exactly is going on and how, despite appearances, he really is a good guy. Honest.
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