Interesting fact: the day I was going to see this movie, I saw Divergent instead. Whoops. Regardless, last night I had the pleasure of seeing Non-Stop and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
Non-Stop’s premise is that Liam Neeson plays an air-marshal on a flight, and on that flight someone is trying to manipulate Neeson by killing a passenger every twenty minutes until his or her demands are met. This premise gives off such a cheesy vibe but the execution of it is done in a really effective way. It all feels realistic, except when it doesn’t. The script does have a lot of conveniences, and what I like to call ‘quick-fixes’. Quick-Fixes being when a character is in a situation and the writer just conveniently writes them out of it, that’s a quick-fix. A good number of those here… But other than that, the movie is very enjoyable.
I thought the acting in this movie was really well-performed. Liam Neeson is the front and forward action hero, yet he has some emotion to him. He isn’t extremely deep, but the emotional aspect of him being kind of a mess does make his character a bit more likable to the audience. Then Julianne Moore is the only other actress worth mentioning and she is fine and dandy in the movie too. Her role could have been played by anyone, but she was still pretty good. All the other actors were fine in the movie, if someone was meant to be creepy, they were creepy. If someone was meant to be likable, they were likable etc.
The direction in this movie is very spot-on, if not a little weird. This feels like two different movies. The first half is an intriguing whodunit that’s directed by David Fincher’s Assistant or something, and the second half is a 90’s action movie tribute or a Grade-B episode of 24. Now granted, I enjoyed the movie even though those are two complaints. Chances are, if you like intriguing movies, then this movie isn’t for you. However, if you like action movies but aren’t an action movie purist, then you’ll enjoy Non-Stop.
As I mentioned, there are a lot of conveniences in the movie, and in addition to that, there are a lot of things that don’t make sense. I saw this movie nearly 24 hours ago, and I’m sitting back thinking, “wait, that couldn’t happen if physics exist in the movie.” You have to suspend your disbelief FOR SURE.
It seems like I’m complaining about this movie a fair amount, but I did have a good time with it. It isn’t a movie that you have to rush out and buy, but it is and intriguing thriller and a solid action movie with acting that isn’t sub-par. Chances are, if there’s nothing good on TV, then flip over to On-Demand and check out Non-Stop. Following this, I’ll give the Fresh rating of a 3/5.
As I said, I had the chance to see either this movie or Divergent. I’d give both of them 3’s, but Non-Stop is MUCH better if you’re ever in the same scenario I was…
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