Neeson does Die Hard
US Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is on a routine flight from New York to London when he starts to receive text messages from someone claiming that every 20 minutes someone aboard the plane will die unless millions in ransom are transferred to a bank account. As Bill sets about trying to find who is behind the threats he has to deal with the attention turning to him as the bank account appears to be in his name and the passengers begin to think he is the terrorist who is hijacking the plane. Now with few allies Bill needs to save the passengers and prove his innocence in the process especially as he discovers a bomb on the plane.
"Non-Stop" starts of in what seems a quite stereotypical manner; a law man with a drink problem finds himself in the confines of a plane dealing with terrorists. For a minute you think Liam Neeson has been chucked into a "Die Hard" rip off but then "Non-Stop" evolves as we go from Marshal Bill Marks trying to find out who the terrorists are to being set up so that everyone thinks he is the terrorist. And what follows is an enjoyable ride as we watch the tables turn as Bill goes from trying to quietly discover who the terrorist is to finding himself enemy number 1 with a ticking clock as a bomb is activated.
But whilst "Non-Stop" is an entertaining popcorn movie that is all it is and if you happen to think too hard about the details it starts to unravel. Of course accuracy and logic is not at the top of the agenda but for me there are a few too many gaping holes for my liking such as one scene where he starts searching the passengers for the mobile phone which is sending him the texts but takes their word when they hand in one. But then when you have Liam Neeson once again delivering the action man role then you are kind of distracted from the flaws because Neeson is so good at it.
What this all boils down to is that "Non-Stop" is an entertaining twist on a typical "Die Hard" style set up which will entertain the masses who enjoy seeing Liam Neeson in an action man role. But it is a movie riddled with gaping holes and some ridiculously over the top action scenes.