For an enjoyable bit of non-stop action at forty thousand feet you could do worse that watch the appropriately named ‘Non-Stop’, the latest Liam Neeson vehicle for some good old fashioned high altitude body bashing and who-done-it mystery action. And right from the opening sequence where we see Neeson stirring a whiskey laden coffee cup with his toothbrush, we know we aren’t even going to be in the vicinity of the word subtle. In fact Non-Stop throws so many question-laden scenes into your wondering face as it progresses, you quickly become as confused as the alcoholic, withdrawn and much troubled air-marshal you’re following, until you too begin to suspect everybody and everything.
The story follows our gruff alcoholic air marshal Bill (Neeson), a man whose pockets contains as much mystery as his seemingly dark past, as he boards an unsuspecting flight that’s about to become embroiled in some Agatha Christie style death and mystery – well if Poirot was more into kicking ass and less worried about the plot holes. So when Bill gets a text on his secure air-marshal network that someone will die every 20 minutes unless $150 million gets deposited into a specified account, it’s a sign for you to engage the brain’s auto-pilot and enjoy an entertainingly bumpy ride. And it’s a ride full of Liam Neeson being gruff, confused and beating the hell out of people in his now signature “I do have a very particular set of skills” Taken-inspired close-quarter fighting style, whilst at the same time suspecting every single person on the plane and investigating it all in a very swing-able ‘yeah that makes sense’ and ‘well that clearly doesn’t’ type way.
Although the plot holes are there for all to see, this is a film with enough twists, turns, beatings and polish to still remain consistently entertaining during the duration of the flight. With the only other noticeable star, Julianne Moore, delivering an equally suspicious is she/isn’t she mysteriously unsubtle performance, this film sits somewhere more in between ‘Snakes On A Plane’ and ‘Executive Decision’ than it does the significantly more impressive ‘Red Eye’. And even though it’s clearly a film of our time with its references to YouTube and the internet, there was something enjoyably 80’s/90’s about it that may turn this into a bit of a classic in years to come. Watch this on a commercial airliner just for the kicks, either way it’s an enjoyable if not slightly silly Liam Neeson vehicle that you’ll probably enjoy a lot more than you think.