You’d think Liam Neeson would know better than to get on a plane after what happened in The Grey, but that’s not the case with his latest starring vehicle, Non-Stop. The movie reunites Neeson with his director on Unknown, Jaume Collet-Serra, in what appears to be their second project featuring a Hitchcockian premise; that is, as brought to life through the conventions of a modern action/thriller.
The Non-Stop trailer (pun not intended) highlights a few of the stylistic choices that Serra made, in an effort to heighten the sense of cinematic kinetics (translation: make things more interesting visually) during the sequences that take place within the constricted space of the movie’s central airplane set piece (see: text message conversations unfold across the screen). As such, while it seems as though Non-Stop will, in some ways, amount to Flightplan remade as a standard Liam Neeson action flick (not at all a bad thing, mind you), this new title seems like more fun and more stylishly realized to boot.
Story-wise, the trailer spells things out pretty clearly – in addition to, once again, being a case of a preview seeming to give away too much in advance. Neeson headlines as Bill Marks, a gruff air marshall (looking forward to retirement, no doubt) who must spring to action on an international flight from New York City to London, after he begins receiving text messages from some mystery party with demands that he make the government transfer $150 million to an off-shore account – otherwise, a passenger will be killed for every 20 minutes that passes until he does as much.
Right off the bat, you get the feeling that the Non-Stop story and script – written by lesser-knowns Ryan Engle, John W. Richardson and Christopher Roach – is probably quite pulpy (read: strains credibility), but that’s part and parcel for this kind of genre fare. Besides, even weaker Neeson action vehicles tend to offer enough in the way of decent entertainment value. Not to mention, Serra appears to have found his niche in directing these kinds of action B-movies, as he is in the middle of filming another one starring Neeson right now (titled Run All Night).
Rounding out the supporting cast for Non-Stop is Julianne Moore (Carrie (2013)), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Nate Parker (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and Scoot McNairy (Argo).
Non-Stop opens in U.S. theaters on February 28th, 2014.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers