BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Non-Stop Reviews
By Dr. Know on February 28th, 2014
The problem is that Non-Stop tries to be something it’s not. It has one too many scenes that border on ludicrous, and the big reveal barely makes sense.
Neeson is such an eloquent hunk of Irish melancholy that he gives everything he does – snapping a neck or taking a drink of water – a classical gravitas.
“Non-Stop” spends so much time trying to outwit the audience it ends up outwitting itself.
Non-Stop gets increasingly far-fetched as the jet makes its way across the Atlantic.
Anyone planning to see Non-Stop should probably just go see it. This is one of those near-perfect, peeled-onion, airplane-hijacking thrillers in which each removed layer brings you closer to a single, happy tear.
It may be too on-the-nose to say that Non-Stop doesn’t stick the landing, but the speed at which the movie turns from pleasantly diverting to semi-disastrous botch is genuinely disheartening.
Non-Stop isn’t a bad example of its type of film; merely an unexceptional one.
Lacks visual flair and comes across as competent but passionless.Very watchable, but there’s no oomph to it.
Do not underestimate the Irishman with a particular set of skills. Flimsy plot, but substantial cast make this work.
Non-Stop is the kind of forgettable action movie that February was made for, but it works because it doesn’t aspire to be more than it is.
A hijacked airliner action-thriller with a relentless pace and 10 or so potential villains, Non-Stop is nearly unstoppable fun — until the killjoy of its big villain reveal.
Were it not for the Sept. 11 allusion, Non-Stop could be a guilty pleasure. But that allusion — so destructive to the film’s quality, so unnecessary to its plot — squashes much of the pleasure.
On a pure gut level, “Non-Stop” cooks up some terrific, swift suspense, and it’s all rooted in that appealing, hangdog face of Neeson’s.
Despite the escalating ridiculousness, Non-Stop remains passable escapism until it runs headlong into a “Can I get real for second?” climax.
Neeson gives a smart performance in what’s ultimately a pretty dumb, but entertaining movie.
Neeson has, in his various action roles, done more than a little to overturn decades of patronising Hollywood depictions of the Irish as noble savages and leprechauns.
It’s a locked-plane mystery! The text is coming from inside the plane! Well, actually… maybe it isn’t? There’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick.