(Reposted from movies4maniacs.tumblr.com on August 10th, 2014)

An ass kicking Liam Neeson tries to solve a series of mysterious murders while onboard an airplane? How could this go wrong?

‘Non-Stop’ stars the aforementioned Liam Neeson along with Julianne Moore, Scott McNairy, Michelle Dockery and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Neeson plays an ex-cop turned Air Marshal who is assigned to a non-stop flight from New York to London. While onboard, Neeson’s character, named Bill Marks, begins to receive mysterious text messages. The messages claim that if $150 million is not deposited into a bank account than every 20 minutes someone aboard the plane will die.

Neeson does play a very similar character to what he played in ‘The Grey’ but the ‘The Grey’ was a much better film. Both characters struggled with alcoholism and had a personal, family tragedy they had to overcome. The difference is that ‘The Grey’ was far more intense and far more unpredictable. While ‘Non-Stop’ was entertaining and everyone knows how much I loved seeing Liam Neeson kick ass in movies, I thought the story fell flat in the end. The first 3/4 of the film kept me guessing. Most of the film was quite interesting and there was tons of great intrigue and second guessing, which is the key to any good mystery. I also loved the build up to the end but the last 10 minutes fell apart for me, especially when there was a clear understanding of who the culprits were and why they targeted Liam Neeson’s characters.

‘Non-Stop’ seemed like the filmmakers had a really good pitch to the studio and that it was probably green lit because Neeson was attached, even though the story wasn’t exactly fully formed.

While I was entertained by the film for the most part, I was also disappointed with the quick, somewhat forced ending. I give ‘Non-Stop’ a 6/10. ‘The Grey’ and ‘Taken’ are much better films.