The inherent tension is built into the plot. Unfortunately, unlike with Taken, the premise starts to collapse upon itself as the movie progresses. At some point the villains have to reveal themselves and it becomes underwhelming when they do. Furthermore the motivations behind their actions are very discombobulated and not convincing at all. Neeson is great at playing the tortured hero, but he needs a worthy adversary. A more nuanced villain would have gone a long way in making Non-Stop a more noteworthy film. As it stands, however, Non-Stop is a middling film worthy of a C.
Andy: I am compelled to compare this film to movies that usually star Jason Statham. The plot is a little lacking, the hero is not developed with much depth, and the action happens fast and frequently. Much like Statham’s films, I found Non-Stop to be unreasonably entertaining.
Neeson is much more of an unlikely action hero, but he brings a gravitas that allows the audience to accept his action skills. Clearly, there are flaws with this film, including further evidence that movies have a hard time representing our reliance on text messages. In general, however, Non-Stop brings enough entertainment to earn a B.