Excerpt: It feels as though there isn’t a minute in the film that goes by in which [Jaume] Collet-Serra and [Liam] Neeson don’t ask “How can we make this even more ludicrous?” and the result is wholly exuberant, not just for its silly energy but because Collet-Serra is a legitimately good craftsman and Neeson is a formidable screen presence.
Excerpt: It helps to have Neeson commanding the screen, along with Julianne Moore, who plays one of the passengers he begins to trust. These two together show that even a very basic and disposable thriller can be quite good with excellent actors in charge of it.
Excerpt: Director Jaume Collet-Serra knows how to keep the chronicle moving so we are never bored (or reflect on the plausibility of what is happening). Most of the picture takes place in the tiny cramped, quarters of an airline cabin and you could hardly pick a more tense environment in our post 9/11 world.
Excerpt: For a long while, NON-STOP is ridiculously entertaining, legitimately suspenseful, and hyper-focused as a crackerjack whodunit suspense-thriller set in the friendly skies. Then it has to start trying to make sense of itself.
Excerpt: First things first: Non-Stop isn’t nearly as ludicrous and howlingly inept as the similarly plotted Jodie Foster vehicle Flightplan. Even though it’s a high-concept thriller that takes place entirely during a long plane ride, the premise and the execution are nowhere near as unintentionally absurd. In fact, Non-Stop is an engaging, exciting and clever (For a generic studio thriller), dare I say, ride, and it only falls apart during the last ten minutes or so.
Excerpt: Somehow, Non-Stop manages to be a few notches below the atmospheric clouds in the realm of imperiled feisty flight flicks as this disposable yarn parades a tiresome Neeson going through the frenetic motions in familiar fury.
Excerpt: A good old-fashioned B-movie thriller updated with modern technology and post-9/11 air travel commentary, Non-Stop is a real blast as long as you manage to shut your brain off for the duration of its 106-minute running time.
Excerpt: A committed cast and crew do their best to keep this airplane thriller aloft, but ultimately a ludicrous premise and multiple plot inanities lead to a crash-landing, literally and figuratively.