Liam Neeson’s latest incarnation as an action hero for the pensionable continues in his latest offering, ‘Non-Stop’.
This time, instead of a wronged father (‘Taken’/‘Taken 2’) or a wronged husband (‘Unknown’) he takes on the role of a wronged US Federal Air Marshal.
Bill Marks (Neeson) boards a busy international flight from New York to London. As the aircraft reaches cruising altitude, he receives a series of bizarre and threatening text messages demanding that the airline transfers a ransom of $150 million into an off-shore account. Failure to comply will result in one passenger on the flight being killed every 20 minutes.
The threats turn out to be genuine and everyone on board becomes a suspect. While Captain David McMillan (Linus Roache) and his crew, including flight attendant Nancy (Michelle Dockery), attempt to maintain calm in the claustrophobic aircraft, Marks searches for answers.
His gung-ho one-man crusade is hampered, however, when authorities discover that the bank account is registered under his name and Marks is branded a terrorist.
Despite his 61 years, Neeson can still handle the action sequences with aplomb and credibility and, given the way he has stormed through his relentlessly-paced thrillers in recent years, ‘Non-Stop’ promises to be just as enjoyable. There’s strong support too from Julianne Moore as passenger Jen Summers, who’s enlisted by Brian to help track down who’s sending the texts, while Michelle Dockery successfully shrugs off her ‘Downton Abbey’ persona as the feisty stewardess.