Who doesn’t like Liam Neeson? I have yet to find anybody that I know that doesn’t. Neeson has proved himself over and over again as an actor that can play any role handed to him with zeal. In recent years he has taken to becoming somewhat of an action hero. Once his film Taken became a smash hit he has been cranking out action flick after action flick to varying success. I have no issues with that as I have enjoyed them all. Even Taken 2, which was panned by critics, was a lot of fun and kept me entertained throughout. His newest film, Non Stop, is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Non Stop has a lot going for it. Nesson plays an alcoholic and depressed air marshal who, once aboard a flight he is working on, receives mysterious text messages asking for a $150 million ransom or passengers on the flight will start being killed. It could have been a typical action on a plane movie but the writers here keep things interesting by first setting up the plot with Neeson’s flawed character receiving threats to the passengers over text, then amping up the tension by making the authorities on the ground think Neeson’s character is responsible for what is happening on the flight. Neeson as usual is sympathetic but tough, a man of action and of few words. The supporting cast of characters and assortment of personality types on the flight keeps things interesting and the plot keeps moving at a good pace with some nice surprises thrown in here and there to keep things lively. Non Stop is not a classic action film for the ages but it is a thoroughly entertaining trip worth taking with an actor we love to love.
The Blu-ray is a slick hi def transfer worthy of a Liam Neeson studio action picture. Great clarity and detail throughout with a booming soundtrack full of great surround effects. Non Stop is a fun thrill ride of an action movie with a nice twisty story and a great performance by Neeson. As usual.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.