Reviewed by Glenda Glass
Review Rating: 8
Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller (who knew he’d be an action star at 61!) is about an alcoholic air marshal, Bill Marks, put in an impossible situation on an airplane full of people.
Bill receives a text message saying someone will die unless they get $150 million. Whoever is texting him also seems to be watching him on the plane, even in the bathroom smoking. Bill begins frantically trying to find out who keeps texting him before time runs out. He also notifies the captain of whats going on. Unfortunately this works against him when the Captain gets word that the account the money is to be wired to is in Bill’s own name. Unfortunately the Captain himself dies and suddenly everyone thinks he is a murderer and a terrorist.
So while he is trying over and over again to find out who is framing him for everything, things actually go from bad to worse. A lot of action does occur, but about now things are getting a bit too repetitive (I mean, how many times can you watch him run around the plane checking out people and cell phones?). Anyway, I was just getting disgruntled when plot twists start finally popping out everywhere! I won’t ruin it for you, but the last 20 minutes or so were uber exciting. The ending was very satisfying and provided a perfect finish to a heck of a rollercoaster ride.
Julianne Moore provides an interesting seatmate/ally/possible foe throughout the movie, and does an excellent job. Lupita N’yongo (who recently has gained acclaim for what she wears to all of the awards shows and for being in 12 Years A Slave) only has approximately 5 lines in the whole movie, but she delivers another stellar performance. Linus Roach (Riddick, Law & Order) is also in the movie as the Captain, if you’re a fan, and does a fine job as well.