Non-Stop | Film review – Liam Neeson’s rugged action hero keeps far-fetched flight thriller in the air

 Non-Stop - Liam Neeson as air marshall Bill Marks

Forget Stallone or Schwarzenegger. If you need an older action hero who can throw both the bad guys and himself around with convincingly brusque dispatch then Liam Neeson is currently the man.

Following up his rugged exploits in The Grey, Unknown and the Taken movies with airborne thriller Non-Stop, he’s a whisky-soaked air marshal striving to outwit a fiendish unseen adversary on a transatlantic journey from New York to London. According to a series of mysterious text messages, someone on the plane will die every 20 minutes unless the US government transfers $150 million into a secret account.

As Neeson tries to work out which of his fellow passengers is sending the threats, the film reaches stratospheric heights of preposterousness, but the mix of whodunit intrigue, ticking-bomb suspense and pockets of turbulent action is absurdly enjoyable.

What’s on offer is strictly B-movie fare, but Neeson’s credibly haunted hero bumps Non-Stop up from economy and he gets classy support from Julianne Moore as the suspiciously enigmatic passenger who ends up sitting next to him. Also on board are flight attendants Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), and House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll, providing a sprinkling of familiar faces among the potential suspects.

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Certificate 12A. Runtime 106 mins. Director Jaume Collet-Serra

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