Sunday 2 March 2014

Non-Stop Movie Review!!!

Liam Neeson's latest action-thriller is Non-Stop awesomeness!!! Read on to find out why this is probably the best film of the year so far!!!

This is one rocking movie and Liam Neeson once again proves why when it comes to tense, gritty, grounded action, he’s the best man for the job.  

With a resume including Oscar winning material such as Schindler’s List and not to forget the fact that he’s trained Batman, Obi Wan, The A-Team, Darth Vader and he is both Aslan and Zeus, in short, Liam Neeson is just one awesome dude!

Unlike Jason Statham, Arnie, Stallone and the other usual action suspects, Neeson brings a certain vulnerable quality to his roles, makes them human, believable, which of course just pulls you in as the viewer.  His first real foray into the world of action was Taken.  A one-man army type story we’ve seen from Luc Besson many a time before (The Transporter series, the much underrated Kiss of The Dragon etc).  The movie was a huge success thanks to Neeson’s poignant performance.  I saw the movie shortly after the passing of Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson, which made his desperation in the movie seem all the more real.  It was a huge success and is still one of my favourite action movies.  Neeson followed up Taken with the pretty great Unknown, Taken 2, The Grey and now Non-Stop.

Non-Stop may even be better than Taken.  It’s a close call, but it’s at least as good as Taken was.

Neeson plays Bill Marks, a troubled U.S. federal air marshal on board what should be a normal flight like any other.  He soon starts receiving sinister messages on his phones encrypted air marshal instant messaging service with demands that 150 million dollars be transferred to an offshore account or a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes until the demands are met.  The threat proves to be a real one and it becomes a race against time for Bill to try and identify the killer.  149 passengers, 149 suspects!

This is a fantastic film.  The tension grips you from the moment the text messages start rolling in and it doesn’t relent until the movie reaches its satisfying close.  A super tense, edge of your seat, whodunit thriller, which keeps you guessing right to the end. 

The action is tight and well choreographed but it’s the drama which keeps you hooked.  I especially loved how besides Neeson’s character, there are several other fleshed out and important characters which made proceedings that much more real.  Julianne Moore is of course pretty great as always.  My only gripe was that I wish the fantastic Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave had a more substantial role.

The film ends with a bang on a very satisfying note and left me wanting to watch it again.  There were no lulls or slow moments, once the momentum picks up, the movie just keeps going.

Wristwatch fans should also be kept happy, look out for a nice close up shot of a Patek Philippe.  If you know what model it is, please write in to us!

I can’t wait for this to come out on Blu-ray!

Highly recommended, an excellent thriller, catch it on the big screen while you can!

Rating 5 out of 5



  1. It is a fake Patek for the reasons below:

    1. Patek Philippe does not produce a split-seconds perpetual calendar / normal calendar watch in this format.

    2. The case of the timepiece is too big for a Patek Philippe of this complication relative to size of "subdials face".

    3. The split-seconds hands do not move together in the split position.

    4. The right sub-counter shows the four-year / leap-year indicator, currently pointing to the third-year quadrant. The outer ring shows the date – in which either there is no hand for the date or there is no hand for the year.

    5. The same thing happens with the left sub-dial: The hand points to “Sunday”, but also overlaps the 12. Either it is a second time zone or a day – but not both with one hand.

    6. The 24-hour indicator sub-dial shows 2 pm. It is 12 pm on the dial.

    7. There is no split-pusher for the split-seconds complication.

    8. The closest modern Patek Philippe by looks is the timepiece “3970 P” but this model has no split-seconds hands. At first glance, the model “5004” is also close but again there are just so many differences.

    9. The split-seconds perpetual chronograph Patek in platinum costs in excess of USD$250k - IF you could get your name on the ordering list at the first place (not saying for sure that his character couldn't afford it, but unlikely that he spent hundreds of thousands / millions more to be able to queue for it at the first place)

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