Release Date: February 28th, 2014
Run-time 106 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references
Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
Liam Neeson has been a well respected and talented actor for decades, but it is only in the last few years that he has hit his stride as an action star. It is too his credit that it does not seem weird or forced for a man in his late fifties (now early 60s) to suddenly begin starring in action movies left and right. Neeson is able to pull it off and has the strength and presence to be a believable hero.
“Taken”, “Taken 2”, “Unknown”, and now “Non-Stop” all share similar Neeson performances, He is confident and capable and trying to figure out what is going on. This has led my husband and I to describe these similarities as being “Liam Neeson-y”. His name may also be used as a verb or whatever works in the context. For now, this is done mostly as a compliment. Forteen more of these movies and he will move into the Nicholas Cage zone. No action star wants to be in the Nicholas Cage zone.
With all that said, Liam Neeson goes Liam Neeson all over this movie. Neeson portrays Bill Marks, an Air Marshal who receives a text while on a flight saying that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes until $150 million is deposited into an offshore account, which, as it turns out, is in his name. The remainder of the film follows Marks as he tries to uncover the truth, prevent catastrophe, and make sense of the events unfolding around him. The best parts of the film, besides Liam Neeson going all Liam Neesony on the bad guys, are the great chemistry between Neeson and his co-star Julianne Moore the plot twist at the end which moviegoers will likely not see coming.
Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again I give “Non-Stop” a 3.482 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Did he just open a can of Liam Neeson on them?!”