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4.0 out of 5 stars The wrong choice could end your life. The right choice could end your career, 30 Mar 2014
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if the topic the movie coincides with is negative or of great public concern, the movie may be withheld, indefinitely withdrawn or postponed.

Thus Joel Schumacher's movie Phone Booth about a sniper who terrorises a phone booth was withdrawn for a while because it coincided with the reign of terror of the Washington sniper.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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Initial post: 3 Jun 2014 12:26:29 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Fantasic review, This is a great thriller with Neeson giving his all.

superb informative review.

Posted on 4 Jun 2014 16:26:39 BDT
L. Power says:
Thank you Timelord.
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