Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flight Risks It's Up to Liam Neeson to Save Passengers in a Locked Airplane Cabin in 'Non-Stop'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flight Risks It's Up to Liam Neeson to Save Passengers in a Locked Airplane Cabin in 'Non-Stop'

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In "The Lego Movie," Liam Neeson speaks for Good Cop and Bad Cop.

His character of Bill Marks is a little bit of both in "Non- Stop" as a federal air marshal who drinks scotch before a trans- Atlantic flight, asks a flight attendant for a gin and tonic and lights up a forbidden cigarette in the plane's lavatory.

But Bill might be the only hope for the flight once he begins receiving text messages from an unknown passenger threatening to kill someone onboard every 20 minutes unless $150 million is deposited in a numbered account.

The plane is midway across the ocean on its way from New York to London, so the pilot (Linus Roache) can't just put the aircraft down. He's willing to defer to Bill until the marshal comes under suspicion as the source of the messages. Then, the captain asks for Bill's badge and gun and suggests he "just sit back, relax and enjoy the flight."

Not gonna happen as Bill refuses to relinquish authority, the threats continue and bodies pile up. No one is safe from suspicion - - except maybe the frightened little girl traveling alone to see her dad -- including a chatty seat mate (Julianne Moore) and the lead flight attendant (Michelle Dockery).

As you wonder just how long the passengers will stay docile and obedient, mistrust bounces from one person to another, like a klieg light scanning the sky. The threat to methodically kill travelers is then trumped by the real possibility that everyone aboard could die.

It makes Denzel Washington's dilemma as an alcoholic pilot trying to land a crippled jet in "Flight" seem like an exercise in a simulator. Well, almost.

"Non-Stop" reunites Mr. Neeson with his "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Serra. The Spanish-born filmmaker made the transition from commercials and music videos with "House of Wax," "Orphan" and then "Unknown," in which Mr. …

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