Airplane thriller gets sky-high ratings

If a man starts pointing a gun around and assaulting passengers on an airplane, he probably doesn’t have good intentions toward that particular flight. However, in the case of the new airplane thriller “Non-Stop,” that guideline couldn’t be more wrong.

Non-Stop stars Liam Neeson as a very Liam Neesonian air marshal who is contacted mid-flight by a mysterious, death-threatening passenger. The passenger, who keeps his identity a secret, demands that money be transferred to a bank account or people on the plane will start dying while flying. This sets off a 90-minute mystery movie plot complete with backstabbing, distrust, imminent danger, an obligatory love interest, cocaine, alcohol and Liam Neeson killing people.

And I loved it.

I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the film, which kept me guessing as to the identity of the perpetrator right up to the climax. I was genuinely surprised when the movie revealed who the villain was, and that is always a good thing. The plot itself was intriguing, and the movie did a good enough job retaining suspense to keep me in a state of extreme focus for the whole movie.

The movie is not without its flaws, however. Parts of the film are downright dumb, such as Neeson’s character’s actions throughout much of the plot. When the passengers begin to suspect him of hijacking the flight, for example, instead of being reasonable and taking steps to reduce their mistrust, he starts acting even more suspicious. There were times when I wanted to yell at his character for being dumb.

However, the movie is able to pull through these setbacks because of the fact that it has Liam Neeson in it. Liam Neeson has a very particular set of skills, and among these is being able to be awesome and kick a large amount of butt in any movie he’s in (even when he’s animated, as in “The Lego Movie”). His presence is one of the best aspects of the movie, and it defines the film for what it is–a Liam Neeson movie.

When it comes down to it, Non-Stop is just another awesome, suspenseful Liam Neeson action thriller. I liked it a lot, and while it certainly isn’t Neeson’s best work, it is certainly an enjoyable and well-made movie.

Four stars.