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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than an in-flight movie
Aboard a seemingly routine International flight from New York to London, solemn , alcoholic Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) recieves a disturbing message on his phone mid flight. If 150 million dollars isn't deposited into their account, one person will die every 20 minutes. Can Marks save the day, or is he more involved than first thought ?

Non Stop certainly...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average film
As already stated in other reviews the film is about an Air Marshall with drink problems who is confronted with an unknown hijacker. He has to find him before things turn really bad. The film is okay but not any better than that. I am a big Neeson fan but I was disappointed with this film. The story-line was very predicable and it never seemed to build up any real tension...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than an in-flight movie, 2 July 2014
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Jules (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Aboard a seemingly routine International flight from New York to London, solemn , alcoholic Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) recieves a disturbing message on his phone mid flight. If 150 million dollars isn't deposited into their account, one person will die every 20 minutes. Can Marks save the day, or is he more involved than first thought ?

Non Stop certainly lives up to it's name, but perhaps not quite for the reasons you'd first suspect. As instead of an all out action movie at 40,000 feet, it is in fact fueled by a more reserved, intriguing mystery thriller that plays out in the confines of a Boeing 767. It is book ended with some slick close quarters Taken-esque scenes to add some excitement, albeit the quality of the finale was a little disappointing visually. Things tick along at a nice pace, as Marks desperately tries to weed out a terrorist from the suspicious contingent of the 150 passengers & crew, that turns up some added twist's to the tale. Inevitably things gradually escalate & as he becomes more erratic, paranoia spreads through the plane & everyone is a suspect right up to the end. The convenience of the bodies dropping exactly on the 20 minute marks given the seemingly random nature after the initial victim, does require some suspension of disbelief.

The ominous music is a great compliment to the suspense & tension throughout. Liam Neeson (Taken) is as watchable as ever, ably supported by Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love) & a small cast of less well known faces as a representation of the 150 passengers & crew, who are believable.

In conclusion, Non Stop is a very enjoyable mystery thriller that's well presented along with some nice twists, if somewhat implausible at times. More pedestrian than Taken, but if you liked Flightplan or indeed Neeson & Director Jaume Collet-Serra's work in Unknown this pace/style of film will suit well. Contains mild language (1 F-Bomb noted) & violence. Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average film, 5 July 2014
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As already stated in other reviews the film is about an Air Marshall with drink problems who is confronted with an unknown hijacker. He has to find him before things turn really bad. The film is okay but not any better than that. I am a big Neeson fan but I was disappointed with this film. The story-line was very predicable and it never seemed to build up any real tension for me. I don't want to give out any spoilers so won't go into detail but Neeson has done much better films. Some of the supporting actors were good, for example the co-pilot and stewardess. Though average it is worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neeson Delivers Non-Stop Thrills, 1 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Warning: Review May Contain Spoilers.

Non-Stop.
Cast.
Liam Neeson- Bill Marks.
Julianne Moore-Jen Summers.
Scoot McNairy-Tom Bowen.
Michelle Dockery-Nancy.
Nate Parker-Zack White.
Corey Stoll-Austin Reilly.
Lupita Nyong'o-Gwen.
Omar Metwally-Dr. Fahim Nasir.
Jason Butler Harner-Kyle Rice.
Linus Roache-David McMillan.

Dvd.
Region 2.
Running time 106 minutes approx

Trivia.
1)200 extras were cast as passenger's on this movie & remained throughout production.
2)Producer Joel Silver credits include Diehard & Die Hard 2, Lethal Weapon, Commando, Predator, Demolition Man to name but a few.
3)Michelle Dockery is better known as Lady Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey.

Synopsis.
Air Marshal Bill Mark's is a recovering alcoholic has to spring into action during a transatlantic flight after he receives a series of text messages that puts the passengers lives at risk as someone on board this flight will kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless the Airline transfers $150 dollars into an off shore account.

Things go from bad to worse as suspicion fall on Bill who is being set up but by whom & why.

Can Bill find out who is responsible in time as innocent passenger's lives are being claimed Mark's discovers a bomb on board the plane & is in a race against time to find the culprit responsible, Deactivate the bomb & clear his name.

Timelord Thoughts.
I seen this at the cinema today & I must say I found it very entertaining action thriller with a whodunit type mystery thrown in.

Liam Neeson the main reason this movie delivers as at 62 he shows these younger action star's that he has something in his performances they lack, Screen presence as Neeson is in fine form in this movie & gives a very good performance throughout.

Things to get a little over the top towards the end & if you expecting Taken on a plane you may well be disappointed.

This isn't a full on action movie, It's more a tense white knuckle ride thriller with moment's of action thrown in but it does keep you on the edge of your seat & who is the actual culprit responsible.

Julianne Moore & Michelle Dockery do well in there supporting roles but do they have anything to do with the turn of event's on this flight?.

Liam Neeson proves to be the film's biggest draw as he gives an intense performance & delivers great screen presence which lifts this movie from being a average thriller to a superb action thriller that delivers plenty of mystery, Intrigue & suspense throughout it's 106 minutes running time.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars More holes in the plotline than a swiss cheese, 19 July 2014
This review is from: Non-Stop (DVD)
A good action film until it finishes and then you realise just how many holes there are in the plot. A school teacher can research and find out who the two air marshalls are on a particular plane. He can also find out enough about the two air marshalls lives to embroil them in his plot to destroy an airliner. He can also build and smuggle a bomb on board the flight in his hand luggage and is savvy enough to hack into the air marshalls pager. All because he wants to show the world how bad airline security is. He also has an accomplice for no readily understandable reason who is following along for the money. The rationale for the hi-jacker makes no sense at all and the method he uses seems incredibly over-complicated and there simply to fill up the storyline with red herrings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing original seen one plane hijacking seen them all, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Non-Stop (DVD)
I didn't loathe this movie but can't sing it's praises either it killed the boredom of Saturday night tv don't get me wrong not much wouldn't but if you've seen all the action movies based around an aeroplane hijacking it's nothing you won't have seen before if this is the best writers can come up with its best they throw in the towel now the actors and actresses that put their names to it did the best they could with what they were given and I guess they have food to put on the table like the rest of us but imagine they didn't have much else on or they'd have walked away there's plenty of great movies out there don't waste your time on this one
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ACTION-PACKED AND TENSE', 1 July 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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For sheer entertainment value - it's a 'FIVE'
Former Cop 'Bill Marks' (Liam Neeson) now an Air-Marshall has little in the way of
self esteem these days, events of the past has left him a shadow of his former-self.
He's on a routine flight from 'New York' to 'London'
The Air-Marshall receives a text from an unknown passenger, a threat is made, the
mysterious caller says he will kill a passenger in 20 minutes time, unless the sum of
150 million U.S Dollars is deposited into a designated account within the time given.
'Bill' has to step up to the mark, he desperately tries to identify the source, however
with the absence of a suspect what can he or indeed the crew do, they have a
situation, arrange the deposit or suffer the consequences.
Early on he thinks he's found the threat, however the texts keep coming.
He engages the observational skills of stewardess 'Nancy' (Michelle Dockery) and 'Jen
Summers' (Julianne Moore) who had sat next to 'Bill' on the flight earlier.
Circumstances turn on 'Bill' he becomes a suspect.......
The situation becomes increasingly desperate and tense as time runs out, passengers
are becoming agitated, realizing there is a problem but having no answers.................
Just when you think things can't get any worse.....
An enjoyably tense affair, set, 40.000 feet high and 500 miles per hour....a roller-coaster
ride indeed.
* Watch this, and you may never want to fly again.........
Features -
* Suspense at 40,000 feet featurette.
* Non Stop - Featurette.
* Interviews with - 'Liam Neeson' 'Julianne Moore' 'Michelle Dockery' 'Jaune Collet-Serra'
and 'Joe Silvers'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Non-Stop, 2 April 2014
This review is from: Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I love a good action movie. I don't need it to be mind-boggling or realistic, I just need a series of twists and a few ass-kicking scenes, and I'm a happy customer; Non-Stop delivers fabulously on both these counts. The plot is characteristically ridiculous, of course: putting it simply, Neeson's Bill Marks (lucky initials for Neeson, apparently; his Taken character was called Brian Mills) begins receiving anonymous text messages from a terrorist threatening to kill passengers if he isn't paid $150 million, and only this particular grizzled, alcoholic air marshal can stop the dastardly plot. Throw in some conspiracy theories - the account for said payment is in Marks' name - and we have a fairly standard action-movie plot. Sure, it stretches realism at times, but movies of this genre frequently do.

As for the performances, there are few surprises: Neeson delivers the gruff action hero impeccably, as always. Some stars would worry about being typecast, but he carries off his old-age ass-kicker very well, always both likeable and believable, despite the numerous personal flaws his characters invariably have. It's a strange trend for a man in his fifties to become THE action hero, but such is the power of Neeson; you buy into it. Dockery also gives a pleasant performance, although it would have been nice to see her air stewardess, Nancy, get in on a little more of the action rather than serve drinks with shaky hands.

However, Non-Stop had a few fatal flaws that will prevent it from having a lasting impact the way Taken did. The ending was the biggest issue; while it was certainly unpredictable, the motivations of the criminal came from nowhere and seemed a little bit sketchy. A movie like this needs to strike a balance between being unpredictable and being credible, and unfortunately it veers too far toward the former; the audience feels a little cheated that they were never given the tools to solve the mystery themselves. It also annoyed me that the marvellous Lupita Nyong'o's character was pretty redundant, really; it felt like there may have been a subplot that didn't make it through the edit, since all she really does is bob about on the periphery and occasionally cry hysterically.

I did enjoy Non-Stop overall; it was light-hearted, ludicrous fun, and that's all you can say about it, really. It won't change the genre, it won't win any awards and it won't be remembered in ten years time, but for a light-hearted action movie, it's well worth 106 minutes of your time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The wrong choice could end your life. The right choice could end your career, 30 Mar 2014
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L. Power "nlp trainer" (San Francisco) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Sometimes a movie comes along whose theme is topical and coincidental, and if the topic the movie coincides with is negative or of great public concern, the movie may be withheld, indefinitely withdrawn or postponed.

Thus Joel Schumacher's movie Phone Booth about a sniper who terrorises a phone booth was withdrawn for a while because it coincided with the reign of terror of the Washington sniper. Premieres of Reacher starring Tom Cruise were reportedly cancelled, and some of the opening scenes reportedly edited in light of the Sandy Hook massacre, yet it was released about a month later as the rhetoric about gun control and school massacres escalated in Washington and elsewhere.

The NRA's famous slogan: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Non Stop eerily coincides with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370. In the absence of facts surrounding the flight's disappearance, theories abounded, two passengers with stolen passports possibly terrorists, a deliberately disconnected communications system, the flight continuing for hours in a different direction from its last known flight path and location, speculation about the pilot's mental health, the flight spirited to an unknown destination by terrorists.

As the world watched and waited, this movie came along, and as I watched it I realized how little the people on the ground know about what is really happening in the air, how they developed theories which seemed plausible to the people on the ground and to the waiting public, yet to us as the viewing audience it is entirely different.

The premise of this movie is that an air Marshal played by Liam Neeson, the only person on the plane allowed to carry a gun suddenly goes rogue. Paradoxically, although our Air Marshal flies everywhere all the time, yet he is afraid of flying, and after this flight he has good reason to be. Although we don't know the Air Marshal or his character, somehow, perhaps because he is Liam Neeson we implicitly trust him, and the image conveyed to air traffic control is that he is seeking a ransom for the safe delivery of the plane, yet we see an entirely different scenario unfold on the plane, as our hero or villain, takes on an unknown adversary.

Like an Agatha Christie mystery there are a series of false trails and red herrings, as the Air Marshal endeavours to solve the mystery of who is using his identity to get clean away with a ransom. Is the person even on the plane, one wonders?

For instance a woman played by Julianne Moore somehow manages to swap seats to get the seat next to the Air Marshal just before takeoff. HIs own behavior seems erratic to other passengers as he violates their privacy, and provokes their ire. Even the pilots have to make decisions about who to trust. Should they trust the Air Marshal they know well, or someone on the other end of the radio. One choice could end their lives. The other could end their careers.

This movie truly provokes great storytelling dilemmas.

Non Stop did continually surprise me and the story did develop in surprising ways. One thing that particularly surprised me was the 'bomb protocol.' I quite enjoyed this movie, and Liam Neeson I thought did an excellent job in the leading role.

If you like Neeson and you like action, you will most likely enjoy this movie.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the seat stuff, 9 Mar 2014
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Mr. P. Datta "Pritthijit" (Stockton on Tees, Teesside) - See all my reviews
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Liam Nesson stars as a troubled marshal federal agent Bill Marks. He is boarding a terrifying flight from New York to London. He receives nasty text messages. The messages alert passangers will be killed every twenty minuites unless substantial amount of money received. Everybody is a culprit on the plane. What are the motives behind these attacks? How does Bill save the day as there are reports about his past being broadcasted on tv? The film is filled with plenty edge of the seat moments. The film keeps you enthralled until the end. The pace is so fast. Bill's character is intriguing, as he is not mentally stable. The film is reminiscent of 90s hijacking films Passanger 57 and Air Force One. The film is updated with the 21st technology. It is a well crafted thriller film, filled with plenty of twists and turns. I enjoyed the film. If you are into high octance thrillers, I would recommend Non Stop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NON - STOP NONSENSE, 17 July 2014
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The Liam Neeson Fan Club must be writing some of these reviews. Its a Liam Neeson vehicle. Derivative, formulaic and entirely forgettable.

The British flavour makes it cringeworthy. A European attempt at an American block buster.It does not work.

The directors missed a trick. The airliner should have been shot down to save us losing time watching this.

Liam is always a good watch but the rest of this movie does not live up to his usual standards. Glad he got paid for it.

It was okay in a bad way.
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