At 61 years old and after a career of somber dramas, Liam Neeson has reinvented himself as an action hero. In Non-Stop, Neeson reunites with his Unknown director, starring as an air marshall who must spring into action aboard an international flight. Plane hijacking thrillers are nothing new, however it appears that the filmmaker’s have implemented a clever twist by adding a whodunit dynamic. Instead of the villain hijacking the plane, the hero must hijack the plane in order to find the culprit. Pretty clever idea.
Here’s the trailer:
Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip.
Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die very 20 minutes. What follows is a nail-biting cat and mouse game played at 40,000 feet, with the lives of 200 passengers hanging in the balance.
Jason Statham must be pissed that Neeson is stealing his roles. This certainly looks preferable to another recycled installment in the Taken series (although a Taken 3 is in fact coming our way).
In addition to Neeson, the film stars Julianne Moore, Anson Mount, Scoot McNairy, and Bar Paly.
Non-Stop is set for release on February 28th, 2014.