The Movie: 6/10
Danger, troubled anti-hero, threats and cultural commentary, it’s all here. Non Stop takes an Air Marshall who is an alcoholic and having some life issues and thrusts him into a very scary situation, indeed. The stress of being an Air Marshall is enough to make anyone paranoid, and always seeing the worst in people. This is the vibe I got right away, how easy it is to fall into the trap of seeing the absolute sinister behavior even where it doesn’t exist. That’s a successful element of this movie. I have a hard time defining what I think of Non Stop. It’s action, a bit of social commentary, but mostly kind of dumb. I mean, it’s pretty good though, if I’m honest. Good in the way that I was interested most of the time. The hook of the “who done it” was obvious to me right away, but I think that might be true for most people. That kind of melted the goodness a bit, but it’s well made and dynamic enough to keep me wide-eyed throughout.
There are loop holes and eye rolls along the way, so be prepared to not feel super intelligent through some of the more expositional moments. We get characters repeating things we already know, more than once, which is kind of annoying. I got over it though, because I get it. This is not a thinker movie. It’s a fear movie. Fear of terrorism, fear of air disasters, fear of cultural differences, fear of losing control, it’s all here. On that basis, I totally accept Non Stop for what it is. Liam Neeson is fine with me, which improves the movie considerably. Julian Moore brings herself into the frame or the seats as it is. She’s ok but just as you would expect, nothing special. The overall cast is serviceable, so we are not talking about powerful moving performances. Fine.
The one thing that’s pretty darn impressive is the set. We are on the airplane with the whole cast almost the entire movie, and it does a good job of conveying the closeness, the limited space, and emphasizes just how amazing it is to squeeze that many people into a big steel bucket and fling them through the sky.
If you are looking for a semi-interesting, airplane packed with tension, and yet another reminder of how dangerous it is to fly thousands of feet above the planet because of the potential of humans to be assholes, Non Stop might be the right flick for a Saturday night. If you are looking for intellectual stimulation or deep delving into the cultural and socioeconomic implications of this and that, go watch the big mouths on the news:)
- Non Stop Action – The first five-minute featurette which offers up a smattering of talking head interviews. Unfortunately it holds little insight into the making of the movie.
- Suspense At 40,000 Feet – A little longer at eight minutes but still not much information here. I did like the look at how they built the fake plane which most of the movie takes place in.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 3/10
Oh my goodness, this cover will not only be a poster in my house, it’s barely cover art. Seriously, there are so many other good images from the movie, even just a shot down the middle of the aisle on the plane of all the passengers, that would be more interesting. DVD cover people, call me!!.
Audio & Video: 8/10
The Blu-ray edition of Non-Stop comes across as proficient as any of today’s top-tier releases. Shot on old-fashioned film the grain remains intact and it gives the film a certain look. Black levels are pitch perfect, the same can be said for skin tones. One thing you will notice is the whole movie has been color graded in post production which gives the overall production a blue/green hue, do not adjust your set this is what the director intended.
Universal’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track does exactly what an action movie should do and that is provide the audience with a rich loud and positional listening experience. Non-Stop is all set inside an aircraft and as such the sound-mix ends up being a lot more subtle and technical than you might expect from an action movie. The third act is the most intense and while the CGI visuals are a bit lackluster the sound design really is impressive.
Overall Score 6/10