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2.5
603 Ratings

Non-Stop

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
United States, France, 2014
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

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Non-Stop Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
One shot that captures Neeson’s body about to fire his weapon while flying in slow motion through the air seems more than simply an ode to John Woo’s bullet ballets. The contorted expression on his face is haloed by heavenly white light, a signifier of hard-earned resolution. By the film’s conclusion, Collet-Serra sees color as a way to frame his characters’ redemption, which stands in direct contrast to earlier images in Non-Stop which mostly favor suffocating grey or neon blue.
March 20, 2015
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Non-Stop, from a hacky script by three writers, has a poetic early image of a plane swooping in for a landing and dwarfing the hero in the foreground, and proceeds from there as a strictly machine-tooled ride (one whose major twist is arguably more tasteless than anything in Orphan, and I am including the scene where a sweet nun is done in by a claw hammer to the skull). Of course, it’s not without merit…
January 16, 2015
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Director Jaume Collet-Serra plays this pressure-cooker thriller like a modern Lady Vanishes, ever teasing the mystery as the stakes continue to raise; the film isn’t of the Hitchcock order, of course, but, extraordinarily, Non-Stop sustains its fascination until the very end. If only all blockbusters could invigorate with such economy.
December 15, 2014
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