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Non-Stop (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 198
Fresh: 118 | Rotten: 80

While Liam Neeson is undoubtedly an asset, Non-Stop wastes its cast -- not to mention its solid premise and tense setup -- on a poorly conceived story that hinges on a thoroughly unbelievable final act.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 14

While Liam Neeson is undoubtedly an asset, Non-Stop wastes its cast -- not to mention its solid premise and tense setup -- on a poorly conceived story that hinges on a thoroughly unbelievable final act.

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Global action star Liam Neeson stars in NON-STOP, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. NON-STOP, which reunites Neeson with UNKNOWN director Jaume

Jun 10, 2014

$91.7M

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All Critics (198) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (80) | DVD (2)

The filmmaking is playful without feeling jokey, the narrative stuffed with fun complications.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Neeson, who brings enormous conviction to these late-career action roles, moves his big body through confined spaces ... with so much power that you expect him to rip out the seats.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Anyone planning to see Non-Stop should probably just go see it. This is one of those near-perfect, peeled-onion, airplane-hijacking thrillers in which each removed layer brings you closer to a single, happy tear.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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Why demand logic of an action movie released in February, when audiences just want a nice, bumpy ride?

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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It's all fairly entertaining and eminently disposable.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The problem is that Non-Stop tries to be something it's not. It has one too many scenes that border on ludicrous, and the big reveal barely makes sense.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Non-Stop is the kind of film that Hitchcock might have made in his heyday, or at least one he would have enjoyed.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

For a good 80 minutes, Non-Stop delivers exactly what the title promises - an escalating series of exciting set-pieces with a great, mysterious backbone. This is top grade Hollywood entertainment.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Non-Stop has thrills, the dread of falling out of the sky, with Neeson dishing out some fierce action; but at times this Cluedo on a plane it runs out of steam.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Non-Stop is an engaging mystery filled with thrills that's sure to keep you guessing with every twist and turn of the story.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Never coming to an airline screen near you, 'Non-Stop' is a silly but engaging action movie starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a federal air marshal.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Neeson is again solid as a man with faults he must overcome to save those around him.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

For the viewer who has thus far found the "Liam Neeson is a broken old man who pummels bad guys" genre to be devoid of any real merit, Non-Stop provides no counter-argument.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

He elevates the otherwise B-movie thriller Non-Stop into a tense enough action picture.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

The premise is sure-fire, but director Jaume Collet-Serra's grip on the material is not as tight as the cabin pressure; moments of sentiment and unnecessary back story relieve the claustrophobia and stall the momentum.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The structure here is familiar, with various smaller twists and red herrings eventually leading to a big reveal of the true villain and his motives. In this case, that climax elicits more of a shrug than a gasp.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Rarely as compelling as its premise might've indicated...

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Neeson effectively redeems the potentially ludicrous murder mystery set aboard an airplane during a transatlantic flight with a compellingly gruff performance

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Neeson is good but his character in the film is fuzzy and the overall plot makes little sense.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Mostly there's Neeson doing what he does profitably, glaring and growling through tight spots made to seem less preposterous by his presence. Other action heroes are sprier, more handsome or ripped but these days nobody snaps a neck better.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

The whole concept to Non-Stop is completely hackneyed and frivolous, but remains compelling given the fast paced, guessing game that ensues.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

Liam Neeson is at it again in yet another enjoyable, disposable French-produced action flick in which a hapless, dishevelled guy with big personal problems is forced by circumstance to jump, run, growl and shoot people - often all at the same time.

March 9, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

The film reaches stratospheric heights of preposterousness, but the mix of whodunit intrigue, ticking-bomb suspense and pockets of turbulent action is ridiculously enjoyable.

March 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Die Hard on a plane, Neeson's follow-up collaboration with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra stages thrilling action setpieces in close confines.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Biz
L.A. Biz

A high-flying whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Offers some suspense, but a suspension of disbelief is required

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Audience Reviews for Non-Stop

Non-stop is highly preposterous and has some ludicrous plot twists, but it is fairly entertaining thanks to the presence of Liam Neeson and his no non-sense performance that keeps things from getting cheesy and out of hand. The supporting cast is solid too, with the highest profiled being Julianne Moore. There are times in the film when I think they overused elements of the story and would have been better of going with a more traditional approach, but they were going for a new age type thriller here so that's understandable. Ultimately, it is a serviceable, but forgettable Liam Neeson thriller that isn't as good as some of his other recent films in this genre.
August 24, 2014
jlewis07

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I can't say I'm a big fan of these current Liam Neeson action films. They're becoming a little bit samey. Non-Stop is set on an airplane, is a mix up of Hitchcock and Agatha Christie (see Ten Little Indians), has text messages pop up on screen and has the lead man as a washed up alcoholic 'washed up' ex-Cop. Sounds dreadful doesn't it? Well, rather surprisingly it isn't! The rather formulaic formula suddenly works. Okay, so there are a few cliches that you really will need to try to ignore to achieve full entertainment but it's actually really good. It's an unpredictable 'Who done it', is quite clever and is generally entertaining throughout. Just enough to make it a four star film over three stars and certainly two more stars than I thought I would be giving it.

http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/non-stop-dir-jaume-collet-serra-2014-i.html
July 22, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A high-flying and intriguing Hitchcock style thriller on steroids. A first-class, edge of your seat thrill-machine that's laced with suspense, tension, action and so many twist and turns that will keep you guessing right to the end. A tremendously entertaining, wickedly original, explosively tense and adrenaline-charged roller-coaster ride. It's pure intense escapism fun from start to finish. A crisp, smart and razor-sharp thinking-man's action-thriller. An instant classic. It has a surprisingly good amount of depth and character development between some of the characters that helps keep the story going forward. Director, Jaume Collet-Serra crafts a ridiculously enjoyable and thrilling follow-up to him and Nesson's film Unknown. Collet-Serra is a refreshing new eye to intelligent thrillers. Liam Nesson delivers an awesome performance, he shines once again with his enormous conviction to this role and adds more than most, making him a true and ideal action hero. Neeson just gets better as the years go on and totally owns this roles. Julianne Moore is terrific. I loved this movie.
July 9, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians gets the modern thriller treatment and Liam Neeson cashs yet another adventure/action star paycheck playing a harried air marshall trying to find a cocky murderer 30,000 feet in the air. Time is running out.
And whodunit? The Arab terrorist looking guy? The too smooth talking co-pilot? The stewardess with the nervous shaky hands? The second Arab terrorist looking guy? The redhead babe making nicely-nicely with the goo goo eyes? Whodunit?!?
Formulaic, yet well done formulaic, with plenty of red herrings, and thus fun.
July 2, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

    1. Becca: Are you bribing me?
    – Submitted by Kristin S (50 days ago)
    1. Bill Marks: I'm not hijacking this plane, I'm trying to save it!!!
    – Submitted by Ryan A (51 days ago)
    1. Bill Marks: I hate flying. The lines. Thew crowds. The delays.
    2. Jen Summers: I always kinda liked it. Six hours, one seat, nobody can get you.
    3. Airline Attendant: Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome aboardour non-stop service from New York to London.
    4. Jen Summers: Fly much?
    5. Bill Marks: All the time, actually.
    6. Bill Marks: Someone on this flight is threatening to kill someone every twenty minutes unles 150 dollars is transferred to this account number.
    7. David McMillan: We're midway across the Atlantic. How do you kill someone in a crowded plane and get away with that?
    8. Bill Marks: Ladies and gentlemen. I need every passenger to raise their hands above their head.
    9. Nancy: This is a bad idea.
    10. Austin Reilly: Marshal, we have a right to know what the hell is going...
    11. David McMillan: Agent Marks, the account number you gave us is in your name.
    12. Bill Marks: What? That doesn't make any sense
    13. Bill Marks: This is the set up. Something else is going on.
    14. NY1 Reporter: The FBI, the White House and Interpol are confirming reports that an international flight has been hijacked by an air marshal.
    15. NY1 Anchor: Agent Marks, our fighter scort has you in their sights. So you hear me?
    16. Bill Marks: We´re running out of time. Do you hear me?
    17. Bill Marks: I'm not hijacking this plane. I'm trying to save it.
    – Submitted by Esteban G (4 months ago)
    1. Jen Summers: Do you fly much?
    2. Bill Marks: All the time, actually
    – Submitted by Esteban G (4 months ago)
    1. Jen Summers: Did you just call me Ma'am?
    – Submitted by Trina B (5 months ago)
    1. Bill Marks: We're running out of time! Do you hear me?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
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