Some may find it easy to fault Liam Neeson for taking on the same role over and over again, showing little to no variety and always delivering a predictable performance. While I agree that this is true, when I consider that the actor built his career upon powerful and gripping performances in films like Schindler’s List, Darkman, Michael Collins, Les Miserables and more, I’m fine with him taking his career in this new direction. Let the man have a bit of fun, he’s earned it.
After becoming a bonafide action star in Taken, Neeson has put out several films in the past couple of years that pit him in the same type of role, time and time again. His next project, Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop, is no different.
Reuniting with his Unknown director, the film sees Neeson playing a U.S. Air Marshal who finds himself mixed up in a terrorist plot while aboard a plane that’s travelling 40,000 feet in the air. Judging by what we see in the first trailer for the film, which was released today, Non-Stop is exactly what you’d expect from a Liam Neeson-led action flick.
We see the 61 year old action star doing what he does best as he desperately tries to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. If you’ve seen any film that Neeson’s done in the past five years or so, then you’ll likely be right at home with what’s on display here. It certainly won’t break the mould in any way, but if you don’t mind watching the actor hop through the same hoops that he has been for the past little while, then you should be able to find some entertainment in his newest film.
Honestly, I don’t think Non-Stop looks terrible, although there seems to be a plot twist that could threaten to derail the entire thing if not executed properly. That aside though, the film could provide some mindless fun as the whole “trapped on an airplane” setting might just lend a new level of intensity to the story. Plus, watching Liam Neeson kick-ass is something that will never grow old. He’s just so good at it.
Non-Stop flies into theaters on February 28th, 2014. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Global action star Liam Neeson stars in NON-STOP, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.