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Non-Stop
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07.01.2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Jaume Collet-Serra

Actors:
Liam Neeson
Julianne Moore
Scoot McNairy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An air marshal receives a text shortly after take-off by someone threatening to kill a passenger every twenty minutes unless 150 million dollars is transferred into an offshore account.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before TAKEN, Liam Neeson was ďhit or missĒ in his various roles, and with the exception of training Bruce Wayne in BATMAN BEGINS and rocking the Crusades in KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, he wasnít exactly known for being a badassóIíve purposely neglected to put ROB ROY in here because most people probably donít remember back that far. But once we heard that infamous phone call between Bryan Millsí and the dude who kidnapped his daughter we became intrigued, and once we saw him carry out his promise, we were sold. The verdict? Liam Neeson became a full-fledged badass! Hollywood jumped all over that, milked it dry (and then some, as TAKEN 3 is in the pipeline) and here we are, watching NON-STOP. Itís not terrible per say, but your enjoyment will greatly depend on how much you enjoy watching Neeson take care of business.

Obviously this is a film that plays on the mystery/who dunnit end game so I canít disclose much in the way of plot details without spoiling your fun, and I donít want to do that. What I will say is that I give this flick props for keeping us guessing, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE style. Itís definitely not something youíll put together in the first ten minutes of the movie, thatís for sure. I did feel the whole texting thing took the fear out of the situation. Sure, the twenty minute time clock for someone to die was intense, but seeing the hero and villain duke it out over texts is little too lame for me.

NON-STOP felt like a watered down version of TAKEN, on a plane without snakes (or Samuel L. Jackson) held together but a weak plot, weak villain and even weaker endgame. Talk about taking a huge dump on the scriptís final act. Itís not like it was rocket science leading up to that point, but where it goes is so damn unsatisfying that I almost lack the words to describe it. I love Liam Neeson, I do, and Iím game for him fighting wolves, taking down sex traffic rings, playing a talking Lion, or even being a general in a movie based on a board game, but this felt a little too paint by numbers for me and I just canít in good conscience recommend you pay money to see it.
THE EXTRAS
Non-Stop Action: Hilarious. I watch the extras after Iíve watched and reviewed the film, so I laughed my ass off when the first thing they say here is that they were trying to create something new, not just TAKEN on a plane. Sorry to break it to you fellas, you failed.

Suspense at 40,000 Feet: Here the cast and crew touch on the one thing I enjoyed; the fact that they did a great job of keeping us guessing. Too bad they dropped the ball in the third act.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers that play before the feature as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
We donít get many air marshal action flicks (Liam Neeson ainít got shit on you, Wesley Snipes), so I was hoping for something, if not different, at least cool. It was different all right, but not in a good way. Neesonís still the man and all, but I wouldnít go out of my way to catch this flight.
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5:20AM on 07/01/2014
**SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT** I'd rate this 7/10. The whole movie got my attention from start to the beginning of the third act. Since then, I was a bit disappointed in how the third act turns out and what's really going on. Anyway, if you like Liam Neeson, like me, then this movie is for you.
**SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT** I'd rate this 7/10. The whole movie got my attention from start to the beginning of the third act. Since then, I was a bit disappointed in how the third act turns out and what's really going on. Anyway, if you like Liam Neeson, like me, then this movie is for you.
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2:43AM on 07/01/2014
It's one of those movies that's entertaining in the moment and that actually has a good deal of suspense and atmosphere, but kind of breaks apart when you think too hard about it. I wasn't overly bothered by that though. It's a solid 7 out of 10 for me. SPOILERS: I feel like the military service record of the two culprits should have been the first thing to show up in the background check.
It's one of those movies that's entertaining in the moment and that actually has a good deal of suspense and atmosphere, but kind of breaks apart when you think too hard about it. I wasn't overly bothered by that though. It's a solid 7 out of 10 for me. SPOILERS: I feel like the military service record of the two culprits should have been the first thing to show up in the background check.
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