Remember that time Liam Neeson starred in that non-stop, fast-paced action movie? How about that other time? Man! That calm yet threatening accent was non-stop! If Neeson’s character in Taken had a very special set of skills, his character in Non-Stop is missing some pretty vital ones — considering he’s an air marshal with a fear of flying. Although, I don’t know that making it through a flight without a drink and a cigarette is necessarily defined as a special skill.
Still, while critics have noted this and other rather questionable plot devices — “He does … grab a gun in midair while in a zero-G nosedive on a trans-Atlantic flight, and fire said gun whilst floating through the cabin. In slow motion,” according to Ian Buckwalter at NPR — most seem to find the movie pleasurable regardless. “Non-Stop doesn’t make any sense, but that’s expected, uninteresting, and incidental to the pleasures of a slow-season Liam Neeson release as diverting as this one,” said Manohla Dargis from the New York Times.
Based on Box Office Mojo’s forecast for the films opening weekend, ticket sales are likely to be — wait for it — non-stop. The forecast puts sales around $25.4 million for the February 28 through March 2, putting it just under the forecast for Son of God, at $27.5 million, and ahead of The LEGO Movie, which is projected at $19.4 million. Julianne Moore co-stars in the action thriller, told Eurweb that Neeson’s personality is part of what makes him so good in an action role. “I think that audiences respond to Liam the way they do because he presents a very humane, sensitive, complicated person; a real person who then becomes the hero. So it’s not like a superhuman hero coming in [to save you] because Superman is not even a real person. Liam represents a real person and he brings a real sense of authenticity to all his characters,” said Moore.
Neeson himself said that they tried to go more realistic when it came to how the film was made as well, rather than heaping on the martial arts in a way that would have been “too corny.” Instead, “whatever altercations happen on the airplane, we wanted to make them quite real. I worked quite closely with a Special Forces guy that trains Air Marshals. We came up with the fight in the bathroom based on stuff that he himself was trying to do in very close situations. What you would do to disarm someone. So we tried to keep that real and exciting.”
Both Neeson and Moore admitted to Eurweb that they don’t worry too much about airport security when they fly, considering all the security surrounded air travel these days, Luckily, neither have had quite the same amount of excitement in their actual flight experiences — the zero gravity gun snatching has been restricted to film. Moore does says she often finds herself talking with mothers on planes, saying that when it comes to women traveling with kids, “you feel for them” because she’s “been there.”
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