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January 12, 2018

Non-Stop (2014) --- "Air Marshal Goes Crazy After He's Framed For A Crime He Didn't Commit."

Plot Summary
Alcoholic and world-weary, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) lost his passion for his work long ago. Even though lives are potentially at stake during every flight, he sees the assignment as just a desk job. However, his "ordinary day at the office" becomes a high-stakes crisis during a flight to London. Marks receives a series of text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an offshore account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
      Non-Stop (2014) is an exciting and involved thrill-ride directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, 2011), who did a great job at building the tension beautifully, keeps a strong pace,  and each character introduced makes you suspect their true intentions, even Bill Marks (Liam NeesonUnknown, Taken). The screenwriter team – John W. Richardson (Big Brother, as editor), Christopher Roach (Big Brother, as producer) and Ryan Engle (Rampage, 2018) – wrote an exhilarating story that centers around a plane hijacking with some unsuspecting twists that results in a great story and captures your attention from start to finish. You can tell that the writers did their research on air marshals, airplane mechanics, phone technology, etc. My favorite aspect of the story is that it takes an implausible plot and makes it plausible, especially with today’s technology.
     The action is tight, well choreographed, and starts almost as soon as Marks starts receiving a string of threatening text messages which leads us on a suspenseful game of cat and mouse; it quickly becomes a thrilling roller-coaster ride that has you thinking you know all the answers and then flips it. The acting is realistic and believable enough to keep things dramatic and engaging. On noteworthy role is Liam Neeson, who brings a vulnerable and believable quality to his roles that pulls you in as a viewer. Here he gives an incredible performance where he balances his character’s despondent and tough nature while demonstrating why he is such a great action star. In addition, I enjoyed that aside from Neeson’s character there are several other developed characters that make the film much more real.
     Overall, Non-Stop (2014) is a thrilling action film filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Every new character introduced creates a different outcome for the film. It is obvious that the writers and director put in a lot of work for this film that manages to make you feel immersed in the film. I highly recommend this film for everyone.

"I'm not hijacking this plane. I'm trying to save it!"
- Bill Marks 

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7.5 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  7.5 of 10 stars

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