Non-Stop (2014): A Movie With Non-Stop Texting on a Plane

Okay, I’ll admit. I basically watched this movie because Liam Neeson was in it.

It doesn’t look very promising. It looks like a typical action movie with a dull plot and sometimes cool explosions and a couple of famous people to cushion it.

Liam Neeson is Bill Marks, an ex-cop who smokes and is an alcoholic because of his dead daughter and is the federal air marshal on this flight on the British Aqualantic (which is one of the corniest names I have ever come across) from New York to London.

Sounds familiar, right? Because it sounds like Denzel Washington’s character in Flight.

Several characters are quickly introduced, such as the slightly mysterious woman, Jen Summers (Julianne Moore), Nancy (Michelle Dockery) the flight attendant (Lupita Nyong’o was also a flight attendant named Gwen, but she got about three minutes of screen time just enough to reveal her British accent), the kind of asshole-y guy in a suit who turns out to be a programmer (Corey Hawkins), the sketchy bald guy (Corey Stoll), and also the foreign guy in a turban (Omar Metwally) (I’m so sorry, I’m not exactly sure what ethnicity he is, but I think the point was to have that one guy where people are racist towards and automatically judge him because racism, unfortunately, still exists).

Non-Stop has a very good basis and it definitely hooked me. While on the plane, Marks receives a text message, revealing some very personal information about him, such as his daughter and how he put smokes in the plane lavatory (does duct tape over the smoke alarm actually work?). This mysterious messenger then threatens to kill someone on the plane every twenty minutes unless $150 million is wired to a certain account.

So, like this messenger promised, someone does die at the twenty minute mark. And Marks had killed him himself.

At this point, I was very intrigued. Not a typical action movie like I thought it was.

At least until I got to the end. Then I just got confused.

No, there wasn’t any complicated plot twists or turns or anything, but the conclusion was a bit sloppy. There were many plot holes and small but crucial things that just weren’t explained at all.

And also this one really weird part that didn’t make sense to me: while on the plane, Marks is mistakenly taken to be a hijacker of the plane and suddenly a news reports starts to show on the TV screens, saying how Marks had actually hijacked the plane.

First of all, how did news of that get out so fast? They’re on a plane. Cell phones are supposed to be turned off. So it’s implied that it’s the mysterious messenger, right? Deliberately sending news out like that? Never explained. No idea how it happened.

Second of all, how were the people on the plane able to watch it? I’ve been on planes before. I’ve never seen any live news on the TV.

Third of all, don’t people think it’s fishy that all of a sudden this really weird news report is being shown to them? Just as the “hijacker” is among you? Does that not strike strange to anyone?

In end, Non-Stop was actually not any better than your typical action movie. It had a lot of potential, but, unfortunately, it was rather poorly executed. And it didn’t even have any really cool explosions and special effects to praise.

However, this did not make Non-Stop a particularly unenjoyable movie. In fact, the suspense was nicely carried out and it had a really good idea for a plot. And it was fun trying to guess which one was the bad guy. (Personally, I had guessed Nancy the flight attendant while my dad went for Julianne Moore.)

And also Liam Neeson’s pretty cool.

Conclusion: Non-Stop unfortunately did not carry out the full potential of a psychological thriller because of the lack of attention to plot details and plot holes that scattered the conclusion but still managed to be a somewhat enjoyable movie if one did not think about the details too much. 5/10.

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