Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 106 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. Typical action-movie stuff: characters on a plane are essentially held hostage and threatened with death, so there are fighting sequences, some murders, a bomb, a dangerous landing, and so forth. Also some cursing; drinking and drug use; and implied sexual activity. Also problematic is the conclusion, which involves September 11, 2001, and its survivors in a fairly disrespectful, lazy way.
Liam Neeson continues his action-star streak with ‘Non-Stop,’ another forgettable line on his resume. It’s formulaic, but not wholly terrible, until the conclusion, which does nothing to redeem the film’s already-established plot flaws and holes.
By Roxana Hadadi
Liam Neeson has a good schedule worked out for himself: an action movie every year or so, an upcoming $20 million paycheck for “Taken 3,” directors who like working repeatedly with the star, who is now a solid and bankable international draw. But why must his choices be so lackluster? Because “Non-Stop” is basically “Taken on a Plane,” but also “Unknown on a Plane,” and kind of “The Grey on a Plane.” You’ve seen Neeson do this all before, and even his calm steadiness can’t make this preposterous plot any better.