Non-Stop

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Tense, formulaic, action-packed thriller set on a plane.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Keeping your cool under terrifying conditions can only help you. Asking for help also makes a big difference.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jen Summers carries herself like someone who truly appreciates what's important in life, and she helps Bill Marks out of a terrible jam. Nancy, the flight attendant, is also a great example of a cool, calm, and collected person.

Violence

Violence is at the heart of the storyline. A plane full of passengers is threatened by a terrorist traveling with them. People are shot, beaten, threatened with knives, shoved, kicked, you name it.  Some of the brawls are so raw -- bones crunch, flesh rips, bodies slam.

Sex

A couple makes out under a blanket. A man's phone reveals a series of photos of a woman's cleavage.

Language

Some swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "dick," "a--hole" and "bulls--t."

Consumerism

A few labels are seen, including Samsung and Patek Philippe.
 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One man smokes secretly in the bathroom of a plane. He's later seen contemplating a stiff drink, but doesn't imbibe. A woman downs vodka, seeking liquid courage. A passenger is shown trying to take prescription meds to calm himself. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Non-Stop is an action-packed thriller with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments that may thrill teens. It could also scare off both young and old viewers from flying, especially if they're already skittish about it since the movie's so tense and realistic. The body count's pretty high, too, served up with a big dose of brutality and some gore, which may prove too intense for younger teens. Expect some swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," and "d--k," and some drinking, too; one character is an alcoholic.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVoelmle March 6, 2015

Awesome

Violence 7/10: Disturbing and constant (or non-stop)
Sex 4/10: Some passionate kissing and sexting.
Profanity 6/10: Gritty and salty and non-stop, uses of sh-t... Continue reading
Adult Written byblazek February 22, 2015

Best movie ever

Kids go watch it. Fantastic. In England when it was the cinema it was a 12a then on dvd (for some reason) it's a 15. So basically a pg-13.
Teen, 14 years old Written byWsy108 April 29, 2018

Beware!

This was an absolutely great film. Although there is lots of violence, including: Knives, Guns, Strangling, Drowning, Bombs and more. There is smoking and drink... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byA Gamer March 25, 2014

Liam Neeson does it again!

This movie is exactly what you see: a Liam Neeson movie. Much like taken, Non-stop is a plot driven action movie. Starting out as a simple plane ride, this movi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is an air marshal who's not a great flyer. Sometimes he relies on hard liquor to see him through but this is one flight where he shouldn't be drinking. A terrorist is on the loose, texting Bill with threats and promising a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes if his ransom demands aren't met. Bill's not sure who to trust. A female passenger (Julianne Moore) with seemingly nothing to lose may be the only one who believes that he isn't responsible for the chaos taking place at 30,000 feet.

Is it any good?

Liam Neeson is a great actor -- so much so that he elevates what is essentially forgettable material. It doesn't hurt that Julianne Moore's in the cast, too, though it really does feel as if the two are slumming it. You watch them give the movie their all and everyone pales in comparison. It's maddening. Maddening because the film does an excellent job heightening the tension. It feels almost as if the calamity is happening in real time. (If you're at all afraid of flying, prepare to be triggered.)

But although the plane on this NON-STOP flight hurtles at a breakneck pace, the film itself barely makes it to the arrival gate with momentum intact. A better explanation for all the villainy could have made sitting through all the turbulence worthwhile.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's fear factor. How does this film tap into the collective fear about acts of terrorism, especially on planes? Does it have a political agenda?

  • Does the movie deal with any stereotypes and, if so, how does it handle them? Does it promote them or break them down?

Movie details

  • In theaters: February 28, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: June 10, 2014
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references
  • Last updated: March 13, 2020

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