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Non Stop a delightful cultural equivalent of a hot fudge sundae

Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Non Stop is really all about Liam Neeson. It’s up to him to pull this off and unlike Snakes On a Plane, which couldn’t help but be goofy, he has enough range to make it happen.
For the record, I really like Liam Neeson. He’s a less angry Sean Connery. He has that booming Irish voice. His filmography includes a ton of voice work and why not? He also was in one of my favorite little films called Before and After, with Meryl Streep. It has the best husband and wife scene in the history of film. My opinion. Of course it’s my column so …

But I digress.
Our story so far. Bill Marks is an air marshall who should probably have been grounded long ago but then we wouldn’t have a movie. He’s gruff and burnt out, struggling with alcoholism and enough self hatred to bring this plane down with angst, but then there’s that obligatory heart of gold that endears him to all of us in audience land. It’s such a cheesy cliche. I love it.

nonstopSo, somehow he starts receiving text messages that someone on his flight is going to be killed every 15 minutes if 150 million isn’t transferred into the bad guy’s account.
So we know the bad guy is on the plane, that they know Liam’s cell phone number and not only do they have murderous intent, but no respect for the no cell phone sign on the plane. Hooligans.

There’s the usual suspects aboard the flight. Through a rather clever turn of events the terrorists make it look like Marks is the bad guy. That’s the least of the leaps kids.
There’s a cop who might be it. He never stops whining. A muslim doctor who allows for that post 911 suspicion. A computer operator who might be capable of pulling this off despite his meek and mild persona and then Julianne Moore who just seems irritating and bothered and has the bad luck of being Neeson’s seat mate. Of course, he won’t be able to help but fall in love with her.

I really loved this movie.
I have to admit it’s just good old-fashioned murder and mayhem. I like a good body count before the first 15 minutes of the film.
It’s B movie action at it’s finest.
Lots of twists and turns and the occasional “Oh, come on ” moment but who cares?

This is Neeson’s show and he pulls it off. Maybe it’s the accent. Maybe it’s the ability to kill a man with his bare hands in the airplane’s washroom. No, it’s probably his ability to manage a crowd. Just when the passengers are about to turn on him he unites the potentialy doomed passengers with promises of a year’s free unlimited international travel.
Yeah that’s what I want.
You just survived an evil genius’ plan to kill you What’s next? Flying to Australia on the same carrier.

It’s all forgivable because it’s so much fun. I usually like small movies. Quirky little character pieces where people are nice to each other and lovely moment follows lovely moment. Docs are also a steady part of my diet. But every once in awhile I need a little intellectual junk food and this is the cultural equivalent of a hot fudge sundae. Lots of killin’,  a purty girl,  and all the cheese you can stand.

I am struggling with the fact that they’re making Taken 3  Maybe those people just shouldn’t travel ever. But if they’re going to, they should make sure they fly Air Liam. It’s a blast.
As always, other opinions are welcome, but wrong. That’s it for this week. The cheque’s in the mail and I’m outta here. Paul.

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