Non-Stop (film)

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A man falling back along an airplane, firing a gun.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • John W. Richardson
  • Chris Roach
  • Ryan Engle
Story by
  • John W. Richardson
  • Chris Roach
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Flavio Martínez Labiano
Edited by Jim May
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • January 27, 2014 (2014-01-27) (Paris)
  • February 26, 2014 (2014-02-26) (France)
  • February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) (United States)
Running time 106 minutes[1]
  • Canada
  • France
  • United States
  • United Kingdom[2]
Language English
Budget $50 million[3][4]
Box office $201,299,012[4]

Non-Stop is a 2014 mystery-action film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o and Scoot McNairy and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.[5] This is the first Silver Pictures film to be distributed by Universal Pictures after the end of the production company's deal with Warner Bros., and the first since Weird Science. The film received mixed reviews from critics.


Bill Marks is an alcoholic U.S. federal air marshal; he enrolled in the Air Marshal service after he was discharged from the NYPD. On a Boeing 767 non-stop flight from New York to London aboard British Aqualantic Flight 10, midway over the Atlantic Ocean, Marks receives text messages on his secure phone stating that someone on the plane will die every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into a specific bank account.

Breaking protocol, Marks consults with Jack Hammond, the other air marshal on the flight. Hammond is revealed to be smuggling cocaine in a briefcase; following an altercation, Marks ends up killing him in a lavatory. This occurs exactly at the 20 minute mark, resulting in the first death. As Marks attempts to stall for time with the texter, he works with Nancy Hoffman, a flight attendant, and Jen Summers, a passenger seated next to Marks, to discover the texter's identity. When the next 20 minutes expires, the captain suddenly dies of poisoning.

The public becomes convinced that Marks is hijacking the plane, as the bank account is in his name and a passenger uploads video footage of him treating passengers aggressively with no explanation. Co-pilot Kyle Rice has been instructed by the TSA to ignore Marks and land in Iceland, the closest destination; he diverts the plane but continues to cautiously trust Marks. Cell phone programmer Zack White is asked by Marks to design a hack which will cause the texter's cell phone to ring. It is discovered in the pocket of a passenger, who claims to have never seen the phone before. Following a fight with Marks, the passenger dies in a similar fashion to the captain.

In the lavatory, Marks finds a hole in the wall that allowed someone to shoot a poison dart at the captain; he finds that the deceased passenger was struck with a dart as well. While Marks and Summers try to gain access to the texter's phone, it suddenly activates, sending automated messages to TSA implying that Marks is suicidal and is going to detonate a bomb on the plane.

Marks finds the bomb hidden in the cocaine smuggled by Hammond. Passengers attempt to disable Marks, convinced he is a terrorist. They overpower Marks but passenger Tom Bowen uses Marks's gun to make them move away. Marks finally explains the situation and they agree to work with him.

Unable to land the plane in time, he attempts to initiate a protocol of least damage: by descending the plane to 8,000 feet to equalize air pressure, placing the bomb in the rear of the plane, covering it with baggage and moving the passengers to the front to contain the explosion and minimize casualties.

Watching a video clip of himself handling passengers, Marks notices Bowen—whom he had initially cleared of any suspicion—slipping the texter's phone into the pocket of the second poison victim. Realizing that Bowen is the culprit, he learns that Bowen's father was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and that he and White are ex-military. Appalled by the lack of security at U.S. airports after 9/11, Bowen believes framing an air marshal as a terrorist will lead to drastically increased security. Bowen is prepared to die with the plane and shoots White, who planned to parachute off with the money, after Marks persuaded White to disarm the bomb. Following another fight, Marks shoots Bowen in the head. Marks then fights and defeats White, who survived being shot by Bowen. Immediately afterwards, he escapes from the blast radius of the bomb; White is killed by the subsequent detonation.

Rice manages an emergency crash-landing at an air base in Iceland after the bomb explodes, disregarding orders from his fighter-jet escort. Despite their warnings, the fighter jets do not shoot the airliner down. The plane is damaged in the landing, but no one else dies. Marks is hailed as a hero in the media, and he and Summers begin their friendship.



Filming began on November 1, 2012 at York Studios in Maspeth, Queens, New York City, at JFK Airport on December 7, 2012, and at Long Island MacArthur Airport. This was the inaugural movie filmed at York Studios.[6][7][8]


Critical response[edit]

Non-Stop received mixed to positive reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of 60%, based on reviews from 198 critics, with an average score of 5.8/10. The site's consensus states: "While Liam Neeson is undoubtedly an asset, Non-Stop wastes its cast—not to mention its solid premise and tense setup—on a poorly conceived story that hinges on a thoroughly unbelievable final act."[9] On another aggregation website, Metacritic, it holds a 56 out of 100 score (indicating "mixed or average reviews"), based on reviews from 41 critics.[10] Audiences surveyed by Cinemascore gave the film a grade A−.[11][12]

Chris Nashawaty, writing for Entertainment Weekly, delivered a positive review, grading it "B", and observing: "At a certain point either you'll fasten your seat belt and go with Non-Stop's absurd, Looney Tunes logic or you won't. Against my better judgment, I went with it. After all, Neeson has shown time and again that he's the closest thing Hollywood has these days to a box office Rumpelstiltskin. He can spin cheese into gold." David Denby, for The New Yorker, was ambivalent on the film's overall scope, but praised Neeson, writing, "Neeson, who brings enormous conviction to these late-career action roles, moves his big body through confined spaces (virtually the entire movie takes place in the airplane) with so much power that you expect him to rip out the seats."

Richard Corliss, for Time, had a blasé opinion, stating that the film " no more or less than what it intends to be.." and posits the question: "Why demand logic of an action movie released in February, when audiences just want a nice, bumpy ride?" Susan Wloszczyna of wrote, "Liam Neeson is not going to be knocked off his perch as the elder statesman of B-movie tough guys any time soon...", and continued, "The rather ingenious if preposterous premise, one that only goes way off course in the heavy-handed third act...'Non-Stop' is so ridiculously entertaining in spite of its occasional lapses in real-world logic."[13] Tom Shone, reviewing for The Guardian, maintained a similar tone in his review, saying of Neeson, "He's at his best striding up and down the aisles of the aircraft with that big, rolling gait of his, carving out great wads of air with his hands, barking orders, his face in Rodin-ish profile, his destiny, like Mitchum's, enlivened by a nobility far greater than the film he finds himself in – the true sign of a B-movie king.", and of Moore "...Neeson enjoys a nice, relaxed rapport with Moore, whose looser, Keaton-esque side seems to come out when cast opposite noble hunks." [14]

Box office[edit]

The film opened in 3,090 theaters in the United States and Canada. It grossed $10 million on opening day and was ranked #1 at the end of weekend with $28.9 million, ahead of former box office leader The Lego Movie and the new release Son of God.[15]

The film earned $91.7 million at the North American box office. In other markets it took in an additional $109.5 million, for a total of $201.2 million worldwide. Its budget for making the film was $50 million.[4]


Studio album by John Ottman
Released April 3, 2014
Length 53:10
Label Varese Sarabande 302 067 251 8

The original motion picture soundtrack was composed by John Ottman. The record was released on April 3, 2014 via Varese Sarabande label.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Non-Stop"   John Ottman 3:13
2. "Damaged Goods"   John Ottman 3:43
3. "Usual Suspects"   John Ottman 1:20
4. "Welcome to Aqualantic"   John Ottman 1:04
5. "First Text"   John Ottman 3:16
6. "Random Search"   John Ottman 1:41
7. "Do Something for Me"   John Ottman 2:43
8. "Circling Passengers"   John Ottman 3:12
9. "Interrogations"   John Ottman 3:24
10. "What Happened to Amsterdam?"   John Ottman 3:46
11. "Death Number One"   John Ottman 2:08
12. "Reluctant Passenger/Blue Ribbon"   John Ottman 2:09
13. "Fuck It"   John Ottman 3:43
14. "Explosions Protocol"   John Ottman 1:56
15. "Ambush"   John Ottman 1:40
16. "Message Received"   John Ottman 3:21
17. "Bathroom Discovery"   John Ottman 1:49
18. "8000 Feet"   John Ottman 2:11
19. "Unloaded Weapon"   John Ottman 1:31
20. "Crash Landing"   John Ottman 1:27
21. "Epilouge"   John Ottman 3:53
Total length:

Home media[edit]

Non-Stop was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on June 10, 2014.[17]


On June 11 2014, Entertainment Weekly reported that in an interview with producer Joel Silver, he talked about the possibility of a sequel, and stated that it will not be happening on a plane again. "I need to think of a way to put them in an equal situation. But when I make a sequel I like to replicate the experience, not replicate the movie. I’m not going to put them on a plane again, of course. He has a touch of Sherlock Holmes in that he has to figure out what’s going on and then he has to figure out how to solve it. I think that character’s a great character and we’ll try to figure something else to do. I haven’t thought about it yet. But I have to, sooner or later."[18]


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