A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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?
- 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
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