Movie Title: Non-Stop
PG-13, 1 hour 50 minutes
In a Nutshell: First of all, that’s a great title for an action movie on an airplane flight. Second, who doesn’t love Liam Neeson? They even featured his butt-kicking awesomeness in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live this week. Sit down, put your tray tables in the locked position and enjoy the flight. Liam Neeson’s character is a crusty alcoholic with a heart of gold, making his movies their own classic genre.
This goofy suspense thriller takes place at 40,000 feet in the air on a transatlantic flight from New York to London. Liam Neeson plays a U.S. Air Marshal who saves the snakes on a plane…er…um…cells on a plane….or the universe…or something like that. Sure, the plot is implausible, but it’s always fun to watch Liam use his “special set of skills.” Suspend your disbelief. It’s no Taken , but it’s still a fun ride.
Uplifting theme: Spend the extra money on First Class tickets when you’re going on a really long flight. Ha ha
Things I liked:
- It was fun to see Downtown Abbey’s rich girl, Michelle Dockery, serving others as a flight attendant.
- I love the First Class seats on that plane that lie WAY back, instead of ¾ of an inch like they do in coach. Plus, they had a cool night-light for reading.
- I like small details, such as when Bill Marks’ texts got autocorrected as he typed messages.
- I really need to learn how to set a stopwatch on my cell phone and/or actual watch.
Things I didn’t like:
- As new characters are introduced in the story, everyone looks suspicious. Of course, there’s really no way getting around that in this kind of movie, now is there?
- Sometimes I worry that scenes in movies give people bad ideas, like when the Federal Air Marshall tapes up the vents in the bathroom so he can smoke a cigarette. Does that really work?
- “Did you just call me Ma’am?” - Jen Summers
- “Sorry about the nose.” - Bill Marks “It was never my best feature.” Agent Marenick
- “Next time give me a loaded weapon.” Agent Marenick “Next time don’t get shot.” Bill Marks
Great pickup line response: “Where ya headed?” “Depends.” (Bill Marks to Jen Summers)
Things to look for:
- He gets a phone call in the beginning of the movie with a 555 number. Have you noticed that all phone numbers shown in movies begin with 555?
Tips for parents: Julianne Moore is the one with the potty-mouth in the film. Some profanity, fighting, sexual innuendos, and a frisky couple on the plane.