Saturday, March 1 2014, 07:24 PM MST
Movie Review: Non-Stop
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy
Genre: Action, Thriller
Recommended To: Those looking for a mindless jolt of paranoid induced adrenaline.
Synopsis: An air marshal (Liam Neeson) with a host of personal issues receives a mysterious text midflight demanding that $150 million be transferred to an off-shore account or passengers are going to start dying.
Review: Non-Stop finds Liam Neeson in another generic action role as a protagonist with a few skeletons in his closet. He’s gruff, rough around the edges and more than a bit distant. A less amiable actor could easily get lost in the darker aspects of the character; Neeson pulls it off with ease. The story is fairly simple. It’s little more than a string of red herrings to build suspicion and tension. Director Jaume Collet-Serra, who worked with Neeson on 2011’s Unknown, does a nice job of letting the suspense take its own course, but when the final reveal comes it’s laughably moronic and completely undermines everything that came before it. The supporting characters are merely sketches. This is partly because the less we know about them the more we are able to suspect that they might be the evil in waiting, but when talent like Oscar nominated actresses Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong'o are given absolutely nothing to do you have to wonder why they were cast in the first place. A decent ending would have made Non-Stop a fine late-winter distraction. As it stands it’s simply another action film that will fade from memory long before summer comes.
-Ryan Michael Painter