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Non-Stop – An Intense Spine-Tingling Film That Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

00.Nonstop.jpg“Non-Stop” is an intense thriller that features Liam Neeson as an air marshal who springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. Rated PG-13 for action, violence, language, drug reference and sensuality, it’s not for your younger kids but for older kids, and yourself, it’s worth checking out. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. says, “The movie keeps your attention and you really want to know what’s going to happen.” Gerry O. adds, “”Non-Stop” is a great action packed dramatic film many people will want to see over and over and over again.” See their full reviews below.

Non-Stop
Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
See full video review here.

This is a suspenseful film that keeps you guessing until the end and it had me biting my nails from the beginning. This plot starts with an air marshal named Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) who is on a plane from New York to London. On the flight he receives a disturbing text that tells him, “I’ll kill someone every 20 minutes,” if he doesn’t do what the person says. While trying everything to find the person who’s sending him these messages, the passengers, crew and his boss start to think he’s hijacking the plane. Even Bill starts to question himself. So with no one to trust and everyone against him, he must try to stop this anonymous character in this crowded plane.

With a plot like this, how can you not be somewhat interested? The movie keeps your attention and you really want to know what’s going to happen. This movie’s atmosphere is uncomfortable, which it’s supposed to be. The wide angle lens is appropriate and makes the confined space even more real. The script is terrific! It’s a perfect example of a movie where, once you watch it, you want to watch it again. All the pieces of the puzzle come together. There are reasons and evidence that lead you to the outcome without giving it away. That’s a sign of a great mystery.

The acting in this film is fantastic and all the actors like Julianne Moore as Jen Summers, who had to act in these claustrophobic sets, do an impressive job portraying their roles. I enjoy Liam Neeson and fully appreciate his acting skills in this film. He shows why he continues to be a top rated star.

My favorite scene is when Bill thinks he’s found and stopped the terrorist. For a moment Bill is relieved it’s over. Then he hears his phone bing an incoming text and the music gets your heart racing.

The moral is, “Honesty is the best policy.” The passengers and crew are against him because Bill’s hiding the truth. As humans we automatically think the worse if we have to piece a situation together. Bill finally realizes that.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 12 to 18-year-olds. There is smoking and intense moments that are not intended for kids. This is a investing and spine tingling film that is worth checking out in theaters February 28.

Non-Stop
Reviewed By Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
See full video review here.

I expected this movie to be about a plane hijack, that sort of thing. It was that, but WITH A HUGE TWIST! I was so surprised and lots of other people will be too. “Non-Stop” is a great action packed dramatic film many people will want to see over and over and over again.

Non-Stop has an extremely great selection of styles as well, there is action, drama, romance, suspense, adventure, education and so much more to wrap up in awesome movie.

The story is about an Air Marshal with a kind of dark history. He’s on a plane to London. So far so good – it’s a normal flight. Soon he gets a text on a strict network threatening him. Chaos strikes the plane as he tries to find the culprit. Will he (or she) be caught? Or will something even more terrible happen? You have to watch the film to find out.

This movie must have been hard to make with the plane action and the fighting and crashing and all the special effects, but they pull it off. I came out of the theater feeling like I had been on the plane and it was different than just walking out of a movie theater. I could barely walk. The main character Bill (Liam Nelson) is fantastic and, I was amazed by the camera work. Not one shot could have been better.

My favorite scene is when everybody is thinking he’s a terrorist, because of spoiler reasons, so he stops looking and tells everyone his past and what he is doing. I love that scene because his story is close to my heart and very sad too.
However, it’s probably one of the most important scenes in the plot of the story.

I’d say this movie is definitely for older ages, so kids 11-18 would be comfortable with the style of the movie. I give “Non-Stop” easily 5 out of 5 stars.

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