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"Non-Stop" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John E. Johnson, Jr.

Non-Stop

Synopsis

US Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) is on board a trans-atlantic flight, when he receives an IM from someone on board telling him that unless he sees to it that $150,000,000 is deposited in a Swiss Bank account in 20 minutes, someone on the plane will die, and for each additional 20 minutes that he delays, another person will die. He enlists the help of the passenger sitting next to him (Moore) and one of the flight attentants, who are not sure whom they are dealing with.

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures, 2014, Color, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codecs: DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I have a feeling this movie was shot several years ago and just now released, as the cell phones are all of the variety before the smartphone arrived. They have physical keyboards instead of the touchscreen keyboards of today's phones. Neeson has made numerous successful films over the past couple of years, so maybe they took this one off the shelf, thinking it wasn't really good enough to release originally, and put it in theaters, hoping Neeson's high visibility would make it successful. It had $50,000,000 gross ticket sales, so I would say it was, indeed, successful. But, it was really a good movie. I am surprised if they actually did hold this one back a few years.

Technical

Image quality was very grainy and had the look of being shot on high speed film, not digital. They should have lighted the cabin better and used lower speed film.

Extras

Not much here, just "Suspense at 40,000 Feet," which is a 'making of' featurette.