Many movie lovers typically consider the months of January and February to have few good options.
So when someone hears about the movie "Non-Stop," they might just move on with their day considering the time of year.
For Liam Neeson, however, these are his peak periods. "Taken" came out in February 2008, which saw Neeson put on more than just a good performance.
Now, in 2014, Neeson now is starring in another February attention-grabber -- "Non-Stop."
In "Non-Stop," Neeson stars as Bill Marks, an air marshall who is plagued by his past and hates flying. Marks finds himself on a direct flight from New York to London, where he receives texts from someone on board who threatens to kill someone every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to a specific account, the account being of Marks himself.
Marks is also in a position where everyone thinks he is the terrorist responsible for everything going on.
What happens in the rest of the movie requires some suspension of logic, especially in the last 10 minutes. But the logic is replaced by the thrill of finding out who is sending the texts to Marks before it is officially revealed, and how the killer is going about killing people on an airplane full of people without anyone noticing.
The acting is well done in this movie, especially by Neeson. Julianne Moore also does provided a strong contribution. The uniqueness of the movie, however, might be questioned.
Do we really need another movie on a plane? That's up to the viewer to decide, but it is contended it depends on the plot of the movie. A con might have been that the movie actually seemed to be too short at 1 hour, 50 minutes.
The very end could have been sequenced to go longer. In other words, it feels incredibly rushed, like a shotgun wedding.
A final con with the movie involved one of the passengers, though the problem didn't lie in the character himself. A political message was trying to be sent across to the audience through the character, for better or worse. It was unnecessary, whether one agrees or not, begging the question of why in the world it was in the movie in the first place.
It should be noted the director of this movie is also the director who worked with Neeson in the movie "Unknown" that came out a couple of years ago and has some similar elements to "Non-Stop."
All in all, a big formula for Hollywood is to give Neeson a gun, let him go berserk, and consequently make some money. It works. If you enjoy Neeson punching the crap out of people, this is a must see movie for you.