‘Non-Stop’ delivers unique thrill ride
Liam Neeson’s latest starring vehicle as a bona fide action star is essentially Die Hard on a plane. However, instead of battling hordes of goons armed with guns and various weapons of murder, he must contend with an unconventional kind of enemy. Guns (and a bomb disguised as a cocaine stash) are still in play, but the field is a lot more complicated than usual.
The main premise is intriguing, but most likely never going to happen in real life. But that’s what movies are for, right? An escape from reality. If you can get past the movie’s plot weaknesses, there are actually some unique redeeming qualities that lie ahead.
For one, there is a clever fight scene that takes place in an area with perhaps the smallest square footage in the history of the movies. Given that the movie is set on a plane, this really can’t be helped, but still, that scene was refreshing. The writers also do a decent job of keeping the audience in the dark and wondering who the bad guys are right until the last half hour or so. At one point, even I thought Julianne Moore’s character was evil.
Overall, not a bad movie, but probably not the kind you’d want to watch while on an aircraft thousands of feet up in the air.