Written By: Dave
Every year, there is one big release film with a unique mystery premise that catches my attention. Last year it was Now You See Me. This year, it is Jaume Collet-Serra's (Orphan) Non-Stop. In Non-Stop, Liam Neeson plays Air Marshall Bill Marks, an alcoholic on a non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Once on board, he starts receiving threatening text messages from someone on the plane, who vows to kill a passenger every 20 minutes if he is not given 150 million dollars. Marks is getting desperate as the body count starts to rise, and everyone is a suspect....
If there's one thing I really have to praise Non-Stop for, it's the mystery element.. When I say everyone is a suspect, I'm not kidding. Almost every named character gets treated as a suspect at some point, so the film does not pull the "Culprit was the one person who was never suspected" cliche. When the answer finally comes, it makes sense. Admittedly, without going into spoilers, when you find out the culprit's motive....it is so ludicrous that even if I thought this was a bad movie, I would recommend going to see this just to hear this motive rant. Added to this is the fact that the film is focused on the mystery set up in the trailer. While some action scenes are shown off in that (as well as the film's poster), things don't go crazy until the climax. Before that, it's all suspense and wondering whodunit.
All in all, Non-Stop is a fun mystery thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Neeson and Moore are great leads, and the film is such a thrill ride it can help fill up your action quota until the Summer blockbusters start coming out. I give Non-Stop a solid 4 out of 5.