Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) cuts a pitiable figure in this delightfully trashy thriller: three-day stubble, dishevelled clothes, boozy breath. Bill draws plenty of wary eyes as he walks through an American airport to catch a flight to the UK, but not from the security agents, who barely give him a second look. That’s because this towering sad sack is a federal air marshal, the one assigned to guard the plane.

You surely know where this is all heading, and director Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Neeson on the amnesiac 2011 Euro-thriller ‘Unknown’, doesn’t waste time with the getting-to-know-yous. No sooner has Marks settled beside inquisitive seatmate Jen (Julianne Moore, having a blast) than he gets a series of texts from a mystery terrorist who promises to kill one passenger every 20 minutes until they receive $150 million.

The set-up is dynamite and the follow-through entertainingly dumb. It’s a pleasure to watch Neeson work an alcohol-addled variation on the imposing asskicker he’s been cultivating since 2008’s ‘Taken’. Marks has a very particular set of skills that leaves plenty of necks and noses broken, but he also has a hard-luck backstory (confessed in a grin-inducing scene that manages to be both silly and sublime), giving him just the right amount of gravitas.

Collet-Serra fills the plane with a variety of eclectic faces – everyone from Lupita Nyong’o ('12 Years a Slave') to increasingly everywhere character actor Corey Stoll (‘The Bourne Legacy’). He also makes terrific use of his set, deftly rendering close-quarters smackdowns and several expertly executed one-shots.

If only the climax lived up to the tense first two-thirds. Let’s just say that ‘Non-Stop’ reaches for some pointed post-9/11 political commentary that almost entirely exceeds its grasp. Total brainlessness, in this case, would have been a better call.



Release details

Release date:
Friday February 28 2014
106 mins

Cast and crew

Jaume Collet-Serra
John W Richardson, Christopher Roach
Liam Neeson
Julianne Moore
Anson Mount
Corey Stoll
Lupita Nyong'o

Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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I know everyone says that Liam Neeson's best film is Taken, and I cannot agree more, but this is definitely no stinker as well. The plot has a fair amount of entertaining twists that keep you guessing, and Liam Neeson is his manly self. The supporting cast of Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery are great too. I was definitely transfixed and entertained by the excitement. There are incredulous scenes that seem a little unbelievable but this is Liam Neeson we are talking about! If anyone can drag a girl by one hand while an aircraft splits in two it is him! Enjoy it for its face value and don't take the movie too seriously! You will prefer it better like that!

Decent thriller which opens interestingly enough but loses its way badly towards the end.

Decent thriller which starts interestingly but loses its way badly in the final third.

Better than I expected. Perfectly reasonable thriller. It won't win awards but better than a few other thrillers recently. One minor criticism and one picked up by the reviewer it does rather fade away a little abruptly at the end.