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|Contributor||Jaume Collet-Serra, Scoot McNairy, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery|
|Runtime||1 hour and 41 minutes|
Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery star in this action drama set on board an aeroplane from director Jaume Collet-Serra. While flying from New York to London US Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives text messages from an anonymous sender who is threatening to murder a passenger every 20 minutes until millions of dollars are deposited into an unnamed bank account. Marks faces a race against time to find and restrain the person responsible but when the bank account is found out to be in his name he is accused of being the hijacker. As victims are claimed, Marks discovers a bomb on board the aircraft which only exacerbates his predicament. Can he find the culprit in order to save the remaining passengers and prove his innocence?
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 20 x 30 x 3 cm; 36.74 Kilograms
- Director : Jaume Collet-Serra
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : 3 July 2014
- Actors : Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
- Studio : Sony
- ASIN : B0776K45BS
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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When I read that the DVD was 95% filmed on board a plane it did not appeal to me but I changed my mind when I saw the film rating by the public, I was very pleased I did as Liam Neeson was excellent and the film was beyond expectations.
Bill Marks gets a text on his phone to say that the sender will kill one person on the plane every twenty minutes unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. Upon investigation the account is in Mark’s name and then they look into his dodgy history and put two and two together to make six and think it is Marks holding the airline to ransom. Meanwhile Marks has to try and stop the real killer and blackmailer from killing people on the plane with no help from outside.
~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~~~
The plot is quite good and although an unlikely scenario it had us gripped from early on in the film. The acting of Neeson and Julianne Moore as well as others I thought was pretty good and believable. It is tense and there are several false culprits like any detective mystery has although I did find it frustrating at times with some of the suspects as I had my suspect from quite early one and was correct.
The plane inside looked pretty authentic and I would imagine they might have used a real plane on the ground of course for the filming but I might be wrong I suppose. The setting is pretty much the plane and nowhere else. I have since discovered that in fact the plane was a set and it was built very slightly larger than a standard commercial airliner to allow for Neeson's 6'4" height for filming.
The music score by John Ottman really added to the tension. It was orchestral and the sort that makes background to a film rather than being really memorable tunes. It went well with the film’s action and tension and helped to build the atmosphere.
Things like the fact that there was much talk about not being able to throw the bomb out of the plane because the pressure would make it explode and then a bit later gun shots were fired and this caused the cabin to become depressurised at 28,000 feet, so why did the bomb not explode then?
“Non-Stop” didn’t win any prizes as it is not really that original nor did it do anything very deep or different from the run of the mill escapist thriller mystery. It was easy watching and a fun film that did keep us hooked till the end despite having flaws. It was far from perfect but a bit like an Agatha Christie detective mystery novel it had all the elements of an action adventure mystery film and was well acted and even though there were times when you had to suspend belief , as my husband says “It’s a movie ….” We did enjoy 106 minutes of tense watching and neither of us suggested switching it off as we have dome with some recently. It was rather like reading a holiday type beach read book, it required little brain power and kept us entertained for the entire film.