We're All Gonna Die! - Non-Stop Movie Review

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By Craig Thornton

We’re All Gonna Die!

 How many times have you heard that in a movie?  Believe it or not you will hear it again, in this silly, deliciously dumb over the top thriller starring the hardest working action hero in the AARP- Liam Neeson.   Credibility, logic and sense take off in this plane in trouble picture and they won't return for 106 minutes. But what a ride there is in the meantime. 

 Neeson plays troubled, guilt ridden alcoholic (of course) sky marshal Bill Marks who seems so emotionally defeated, it as if Neeson the actor told Neeson's character just how bad the script was.  But Bill and Liam are not to be counted out, and once Bill starts receiving e-mails supposedly coming from inside the plane, warning him that a passenger will be killed every twenty minutes if demands are not met, they both step up to the plate and deliver gruff, earnest heroism.

 

To best enjoy this film, you should not expect too much and put your tongue squarely in your cheek.  Non-stop reminds me of hokey 1970’s airplane movies, and for this reason, I love it.  It uses very modern technology to tell an old fashioned premise and tale.  It keeps you guessing as the plot pushes forward continuingly posing questions. There are over one-hundred-fifty people aboard and anyone could be the terrorist—anyone!!  Including Bill Marks himself, as all evidence points to him.  No one believes that he is actually trying to save them—of course this is exactly what the bad guy wants you to believe-he is so clever.  No worries because a badly stuffed monologue (that should have been kept stowed in the overhead compartment and not so sloppily placed in the aisle) revealing Bill’s sad life story – magically makes every one trust him again.  Oh and the one passenger who is in risk of being blown out of the side of the plane is the one passenger that Bill can save to redeem himself and erase his past.  Such a coincidence.

Non-stop is more of a whodunit than an action flick.  Actually there is not that much action and very few interesting action sequences, with the best sequences coming in the first third and the last ten minutes.  The action at the end of the film is a great pay off for the ridiculous plot twist that comes right before it.  As if! 

 

Some technical elements work and are clever, like the floating text messages, e-mails and other mobile device images being sent back and forth.  They become part of the mis-en-scene in the frame and are not merely viewed in small format on their original devices.  Other directorial choices do not work.  The slow motion shots are so dumb-and usually aren’t at a point in the action where they could be useful.  Also, not since The Lost Weekend have I seen so many ominous shots of booze bottles.

 

There, is however a stellar supporting cast.  Including Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery as flight attendant Nancy, (isn’t this Karen Black’s character’s name in Airport ’75?) who doesn’t have much to do but look svelte in her anachronistic uniform-is this Star Trek? Still she gives it the old college try.  Julianne Moore plays a mysterious passenger with a sketchy past who Bill enlists to help him in his good guy gig-—but can she really be trusted?  Recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has even less to do than Dockery, but is so incredibly photogenic that she adds fantastic beauty to the otherwise lackluster production design.

The villain, who I will not reveal, is so little, Liam could break him in half and then use him as a swizzle stick for the drink that you know he isn’t supposed to have, but certainly deserves after dealing with the silliness that has preceded the climax.

Non-stop is so much fun!

 

 

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Kris said on Tuesday, Mar 11 at 9:45 AM

Anyone commenting that this review is poorly written and racist, then those commenting on said beauty of actors in the film, should realize that they are the problem with film viewership today. A fun article. Saw the film, agree completely that it is hokey and you have to look at it as a cult piece.

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Tina said on Tuesday, Mar 11 at 8:13 AM

Loved the movie. Was at the edge of my seat all the way. Too short. At the end i still wanted more. Liam love him.cthink I'm gonna go see it again.

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Dave said on Tuesday, Mar 11 at 12:50 AM

"We're all gonna die." Agree. Lupita was not convincing. No expression of fear or angst whatever. If I knew there was a bomb about to go off on a plane, I'd be realistically showing a bit more emotion. But no Lupita goes were all gonna die as if she was blindly reciting a sentence. That's not the only scene she sucked in by the way. Academy, rescind that oscar from Lupita! You awarded it to the wrong actress.

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Dave C said on Monday, Mar 10 at 7:43 PM

Michelle Dockery is the most beautiful actress in show biz right now. The closest thing to Joanne Fontaine or Vivien Leigh in 50 years. She also has a beautiful singing voice. Too bad she hasn't cut an album yet. I'd buy it and listen repeatedly. That's how i love her voice. It's smooth and so soothing.

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Lorraine said on Monday, Mar 10 at 7:40 PM

My whole family was excited to see non-Stop mainly because Michelle Dockery is in it. She did not disappoint. Complete transformation from other characters she has played in the past. Another regional accent from the many other distinct ones she's done in other shows. Outstanding. We want to see her in more big films. We hope Downton Abbey will end soon so that she can have more time to film for lead roles in big budget movies.

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JP said on Monday, Mar 10 at 4:49 PM

Liam Neeson and Michelle Dockery saved this movie with their incredible performances. Both outstanding actors, Liam with his Oscar nom and Michelle is a two time Emmy nominee for best actress as well as various theater honours, in the UK, someone who has shown consistency in acting excellence, unlike Nyongo who was ridiculously awarded an oscar for one single first time role. Not a deserved award in my opinion. I predict she will be quickly forgotten just like all the others like her who got an oscar for their first acting role.

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Kitanlas said on Monday, Mar 10 at 4:32 PM

Is that Grace Jones? It could be Wayne Brady too! Looks like a man to me, in a female stewardess uniform. Are they hiring cross dressing stewardesses now? Great for gender equality I must say.

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Thomas said on Monday, Mar 10 at 4:27 PM

This is crazy. Inasmuch as I agree that he movie isn't all that great, this article looks like it was written by a 7-year kid or an adult imbecile. You're a news channel. Can't you hire more competent writers? I hope you fire whoever wrote this article. This piece of junk is not only inaccurate and very poorly written, it is also racist!

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Teresa said on Monday, Mar 10 at 3:55 PM

Michelle Dockery gave one of the best performances in this otherwise so-so movie. Also, she is extremely beautiful and sexy, just what the film needed. Way more beautiful than. Lupita, there's even no comparison. Way more sexy than the artificial Bar Paly, there's even no comparison. And way better acting than Julianne Moore!

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Sass said on Monday, Mar 10 at 3:50 PM

What?! Lupita beautiful?! Gosh she's the ugliest one in the whole cast!! Don't be ridiculous!! Lupita's Oscar should be taken away from her. A good actress should be able to deliver her best even with a small role. Lupita completely sucked in this movie. As a matter of fact, she looked like a man, a la Wayne Brady. Bad skin, jaundiced eyes. This was before makeover when she tried very hard to look like a white woman, thinning her lips with makeup and rubbing her skin to make it glow.

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