Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
IE Rating: **
There is only so much action one can pack inside an aircraft – even with made-for-film larger aisles – there are only so many people Bill can haul rather cruelly for questioning, and there are only so many angles you can explore over phone calls and text messages. The 150 people aboard and their back stories could make a better film but Non-Stop is neither interested in it, nor even implies this from its name.
Neeson’s weather-beaten, frowning grimace is complimented by an irritatingly equanimous Moore, a solemn Muslim doctor who is called upon to redeem his faith, an airhostess who is here, there everywhere – unlike the non-existent Lupita (12 Years a Slave) Nyong’o – and a tangent that embarrassingly literally evokes the air marshal’s dead daughter.
And just when you think that the saving grace is that the “terrorist” only wants money, the film throws up more million dollar questions. Just the ones with no answers.