"The film is suspenseful and Collet-Serra intelligently sets it up in such a way that you begin to believe that Neeson's Bill Marks is the one responsible"
Films set on planes is by no means an original concept in Hollywood, following on from the likes of Red Eye, Flight Plan, Snakes on a Plane and Flight to name but a few, the latest offering from Jaume Collet-Serra is a film of a similar ilk, and given it features Liam Neeson, expect gruff one liners and great action from the Oscar nominated action hero.
We are introduced to US Air Marshall William 'Bill' Marks, a hard drinking, down on his luck Irishman preparing for his shift on the non-stop transatlantic flight to London. After he's had strong words with his boss over the phone, he boards the plane and everything seems routine at first, until he begins to receive mysterious texts via the secure network his phone is connected to, demanding $150 million or a person on board will die every 20 minutes.
The supporting cast are excellent; Julianne Moore is her usual self, managing to bring depth to the otherwise underwritten Jen Summers, and while Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong'o is featured in the film, she is given relatively little to do, however more time and development is given to Michelle Dockery's Nancy.
The film is suspenseful and Collet-Serra intelligently sets it up in such a way that you begin to believe that Neeson's Bill Marks is the one responsible, with various red herrings thrown into the mix before we reach the climatic conclusion. The simplistic premise of Non-Stop is extremely effective, however there are a lot of plot holes and missed opportunities, as a film that has the potential to be considered an instant classic, it falls short of the mark, with its inconsistencies and implausible actions.