Non-Stop

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Tense, formulaic, action-packed thriller set on a plane.
  • Review Date: February 24, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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 "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. 

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 "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?

QUALITY

Liam Neeson is a great actor. So much 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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:February 28, 2014
DVD release date: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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Kid, 11 years old May 21, 2014

Liam Neeson returns in this amazing thriller, Non-Stop.

There is some drinking on the plane. Profanity includes uses of "sh*t" and "d*ck". There is a scene where a Bill finds a phone that says "Check out the hot chick on the plane" and there are sexy pictures of a lady. There is, of course, violence. People are killed in various ways although there is no blood. So if you're in for a mystery and some thrills, check this movie out.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Adult Written byjoshua martinez March 18, 2014

14 and up.

non-stop is the best thriller movie i ever seen stars with the best actor from the movie taken Liam Neeson and the other actor actress Julianne Moore the movie is good enough for your older teens but parents you need to know that non-stop has some intense violence some mild language and some social drinking used.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 30, 2014

Good

Liam Nesson stars in the action thriller non stop overall there isn't much violence but when there is it is quite brutal including a characters knock being broken and killed , there is a few curse words not to bad overall a very entertaining movie
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