Liam Neeson Hunts A Killer In Action-Packed First Non-Stop Trailer

By Nick Venable 2013-10-16 13:18:40discussion comments
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Immediately after watching this trailer for Jaume Collet-Serraís action flick Non-Stop, my first reaction is to give it a trite comparative description, calling it ďSo-and-so on a planeĒ or something. But it actually looks like about seven different movies combined, and I donít feel that listing each and every one will do anyone any good. That isnít to say it looks bad, necessarily - Iím rather interested in almost any Liam Neeson film that comes out, and it appears to be shooting to give audiences some white knuckles. It just doesnít look all that original, and it appears to give away the entire damned movie in less than two-and-a-half minutes.

Non-Stop is Neeson and Collet-Serraís second film together, the first being 2011ís Unknown, and Iím wondering how much the two films have in common, given they both rely on a main character whose identity is mistaken by those around him.

Neeson plays Air Marshall Bill Marks, who is traveling on an overnight international flight, with Jen Summers (Julianne Moore) as his seatmate. As the narration in the trailer lets us know off the bat, he hates flying and along with all of the hassles that go with it. Iím guessing after this flight, heís going to hate being quasi-hijacked while being on the receiving end of a bunch of texts. I donít know about you guys, but I think Iím going to be completely taken out of the movie by the onscreen texting. Itís the same tactic they use on Netflixís House of Cards, only that works better both because itís a TV show and because Kevin Spaceyís character talks to the audience, so that fourth wall is already broken. Also, watching someone text in an action movie is about as non-thrilling as you can get.

The rest of what we see in the trailer, which comes to us courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers, is certainly high-octane suspense. The filmís villain, whose identity is unknown, will kill a passenger every twenty minutes unless he (or she) gets $150 million sent to a particular bank account number. And so then the question becomes, ďHow does it happen?Ē And then we see a dead body. So this definitely isnít a false threat (How boring would that have been?).

Things go flying off the rails as its revealed that bank account number belongs to Marks! Oh man! So then he becomes a suspect, and a lot of fast-paced paranoia and violence happens. Plus a bomb! Or at least a bombís timer. At some point we see the plane get a hole blown in its side and everything inside goes flying around. I mean seriously, we didnít need to know anything mentioned in this paragraph. Sure, show a few things flying around in the plane, but donít make it blatantly obvious what each and every one of the problems is.

Not sure Iíll be catching this one in theaters on February 28, 2014, but Iíll probably be waiting for it to hit Blu-ray later in the year. What did you guys think of the trailer?
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