Movie Review: Non-Stop

Non-StopI am a very frequent flyer and I spend a lot of time at 40,000 feet. Yet, I must admit I don’t get the whole air marshal thing.

There are really guys with guns in their shoulder holsters sitting in first class looking for trouble – which never happens? This must be the most boring job in the world. At least, when I fly, I go somewhere, I have a reason. These guys just sit there, flight after flight.

U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a washed-out air marshal. He is assigned to a flight from New York to London (hence I presume the title Non-Stop) when he really does not want to go.

As we find out, he is also an alcoholic and a cigarette addict.

We have all heard flight attendants advise us that it is a federal offense to tamper with the smoke detectors in the lavatories. Bill Marks knows that too. However, in his handy kit he brings along a roll of duct tape that he uses to tamper with the smoke detectors so he can smoke. So now we all know how that is done.

And what is it with the guns in airplanes?

Guns make bullet holes in glass or aluminum. Bullet holes result in rapid decompression in airplanes at best, and in much more serious damage in most cases, I would guess. So who in their right mind would be shooting around with guns in an airplane at 40,000 feet – or whatever altitude, unless they are a terrorist.

Ok, I get it. That’s why the air marshals are there. I am sure any real air marshal reading this would think that I don’t know what I am talking about. And that’s ok.

So this air marshal receives a series of text messages from somebody, presumably on the plane, threatening that a passenger would die every 20 minutes unless a $150 million would be deposited in an off-shore account. Sure enough, when he does not comply, at exactly 20 minutes, the first person on the plane dies. But exactly how he dies I will not tell you here.

Non-Stop moves along in the pace that we expect a Liam Neeson movie to move: very fast. This is an action thriller that will keep you riveted – even though the story sometimes does not seem to make a lot of sense.

Rating: ** 1/2 (out of 4)

One thought on “Movie Review: Non-Stop

  1. I have seen the movie about half a year ago. Though I liked the movie, I agree with you it was not quite realistic in many aspects.

    On the gun issue, I think would make more sense if air marshals should be trained in martial arts and should be equipped with electric shock weapons. These won’t destroy the air plane at last.

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