Ted (Seth Macfarlane) is getting married. The next thing the couple have on their to-do list post honeymoon, is start a family together, for which Ted's best friend John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is going to be a sperm donor. After a series of mishaps and incidental accidents, Ted discovers that he is unable to start a family in such a way until he can prove before a court of law that he is a person. In case you didn't know, Ted is an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted and John now have to embark on a hilarious adventure through the US legal system as they battle left and right to prove that not only does the brash and crude bear have a soul, but that he is just as human as, well, humans.
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The general manager of the cinema backed his staff before Odeon issued an apology.
Richard Bridger, a wheelchair-bound man who requires the use of a ventilator to keep him alive, was kicked out of a cinema in Epsom because of complaints that he was being too noisy. Bridger, 31, suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy but was asked to leave the Epsom Odeon 40 minutes into a showing of Taken 3 after apparently upsetting fellow cinemagoers.
Mr Bridger was watching a screening of Taken 3
Mr Bridger, who requires the use of a ventilator for 18 hours a day, was sat in the cinema's wheelchair bay when he and his carer were asked to leave. The pair were informed that six people out of the 200-strong audience were "complaining that the ventilator was a nuisance," Mr Bridger's father Steve Bridger told the Epsom Guardian.
Continue reading: Man On Life-Saving Ventilator Kicked Out Of 'Taken 3' Screening
Liam Neeson hates guns.
Liam Neeson, the star of the shoot-em-up Taken franchise, has denounced gun laws in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killing in Paris. During an interview with Gulf News, the Irish actor - who has thrived in the action genre in recent years - maintained that violent movies were not the problem.
Liam Neeson [L] - the star of the Taken movies - has spoken out against gun laws
"First off, my thoughts and prayers and my heart are with the deceased, and certainly with all of France, yesterday. I've got a lot of dear friends in Paris," said the actor, "There's too many guns out there.Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300m guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it's a disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'"
Continue reading: Liam Neeson: "There's Too Many Guns Out There - It's A Disgrace"
The 62 year old actor slammed the state of gun control in America when questioned about the recent Paris shootings.
Liam Neeson has waded into the gun control debate, saying that America has “too many f*****g guns”.
During an interview with Dubai’s Gulf News, the star of Taken 3 was asked about the recent terrorist incident in Paris at the offices of satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’. Firstly, he acknowledged the horrors of the attacks, saying: “First off, my thoughts and prayers and my heart are with the deceased, and certainly with all of France, yesterday. I’ve got a lot of dear friends in Paris”.
Liam Neeson at a fan event ahead of Taken 3
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Says There's "Too Many Guns" In America
The Irish actor is not leaving his Roman Catholic beliefs despite reports suggesting he was thinking about becoming a Muslim after filming in Turkey.
Many false reports are published about celebrities, but it is rare a high-profile star is questioned over his religion, but this recently occurred to Liam Neeson when it was rumoured he was thinking about converting to Islam.
Neeson is not confirming to Islam
While attending the 'Taken 3' premiere in Dubai, the Irish actor adamantly stated he has no plans to leave his Roman Catholic beliefs despite media reports suggesting he was changing religion after filming in Turkey.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Clarifies He Is Not Converting To Islam
The Irish actor recently recalled how his 'The A-Team' co-star used to finishes his cigars for him once the scene was over.
When Liam Neeson starred as Hannibal in the action-comedy 'The A-Team,' he was required to smoke cigars for the role, and although the Irish actor didn't enjoy this experience, luckily his co-star Bradley Cooper was on hand to help him out.
Neeson revealed Bradley Cooper used to finishe his cigar son the set of 'The A-Team'
Neeson recently lifted the lid on the 2010 flick's on-set antics while speaking with the January 2015 issue of Cigar Aficionado, in which he also revealed acting projects that aren't necessarily on the big-screen.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Reveals Bradley Cooper Stole His Cigars While On-Set
If only every young girl had a fake dad like Liam Neeson.
Having Liam Neeson as a fake dad had its uses according to 'Taken' star Maggie Grace, who plays Bryan Mills daughter Kim in the hostage action movie series, especially when it came to phoning up ex-boyfriends.
[L-R] Famke Janssen, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace And Forest Whitaker at 'Taken 3' premiere
Feeling concerned for his devastated on-screen daughter Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson decided enough was enough and took the initiative to phone her ex boyfriend - the apparent cause of a nasty break-up. We're willing to bet it was the scariest phone call of his life. Maggie revealed in an interview on 'Conan' that Liam took on his formidable Bryan Mills character before launching into a semi-threatening onslaught, which Maggie fortuitously recorded and played on the show.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Introduces Bryan Mills To Maggie Grace's Ex In Awesome Prank Call
As with the first two films in this dumb but bombastically watchable franchise, writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen seemingly put no effort into writing a script that can even remotely hold water. This is such a boneheaded story that it boggles the mind, eliciting laughter every time it tries to show some emotion or menace. But watching Liam Neeson charge around on a personal mission, cleaning up the criminal underworld in the process, is still rather good fun.
Back home in Los Angeles, former super-spy Bryan (Neeson) is trying to re-bond with his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) while waiting for his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to leave her sweaty but wealthy husband Stuart (Dougray Scott) and come back to him. But this dream is cut short in a twisted act of violence that leaves Bryan as the prime suspect. With Inspector Franck (Forest Whitaker) on his tail, Bryan traverses the city trying to unknot the mystery and find out who the real villain is, so he can clear his name and protect his family. With the help of an old pal (Leland Orser), Bryan manages to taunt and elude the cops at every turn while tracking down the nasty Russian mafioso Malankov (Sam Spruell). But something is clearly not right here.
Instead of centring on one far-fetched kidnapping, pretty much every character in the story gets "taken" at some point in the movie. The film benefits from this break in the formula, creating a relentless pursuit that runs right through the story. So even if the details never remotely ring true, and even if most scenes feel badly contrived, it's thoroughly entertaining to watch Neeson's stand-in stuntman leap across backyard fences or drive like a maniac on the freeway, causing mass carnage in his wake. Sadly, director Olivier Megaton directs and edits the film by chopping scenes into splinters, then reassembling them so they make no sense at all. It's loud and fast and incomprehensible.
Continue reading: Taken 3 Review
There are moments when this three-strand drama almost ascends to the emotional resonance of writer-director Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning 2004 movie Crash. Perhaps even more ambitious, this film is exploring issues of creativity, attraction and grief, but Haggis puts so much effort into the literary trickery that he fails to create characters the audience can connect with. So the drama ends up being interesting but never moving.
The central plot-thread is in Paris, where blocked writer Michael (Liam Neeson) is holed up in a hotel after leaving his wife (Kim Basinger) and arranging to meet his whip-smart mistress Anna (Olivia Wilde). But their witty romance seems to get entangled with his struggle to write a new novel. Meanwhile in Rome, dodgy American businessman Scott (Adrien Brody) meets Monika (Moran Atias), a sexy Roma woman trying to rescue her kidnapped daughter from local gangsters. With his own haunting back-story involving a lost child, Scott offers to help. And in New York, fallen soap-star Julia (Mila Kunis) has hired a lawyer (Maria Bello) in an effort to get custody of her son from her wealthy-painter ex (James Franco). But her life has gone so far off the rails that it's unlikely any judge will see things her way.
There's a clear sense that these storylines are swirling around in Michael's head as he tries to write. Each character has parent-child issues, including the event that sent Michael's career into a downward spiral. But Haggis never quite defines all of this, leaving ideas and themes dangling everywhere without connecting them to authentic people or experiences. So it's very difficult to get involved in any of the story strands, even though the actors deliver open, raw performances. Kunis has the film's strongest role, a complex journey into the aching soul of a mother, and she plays it beautifully. And Bello finds some moments of consuming emotion in her smaller part. Everything else feels rather cliched, from Neeson and Wilde's cute-prickly romantic games to Brody's journey to the dark side of Italy.
Continue reading: Third Person Review
Here's your first look at "Taken 3". Yes? No? Does this thing really need to exist?
Liam Neeson is back doing what he does best – kicking a** and taking names – in the newly released trailer for Taken 3. I can almost hear the collective groan at that piece of information. While 2008’s Taken was a masterpiece, with just the right amounts of gore, suspense, drama and Liam Neeson speeches, things took a drastic turn for Sucksville with the second one in 2011. We get it, Mr Neeson, you need to put food on the table, but a third one is just pushing it.
Liam Neeson is out to protect his daughter again - but this time, he has to clear his own name first.
Judging from the trailer, this one will veer dangerously close to 24 territorry, with Neeson’s Brian Mills facing the death of his ex-wife and having to prove his innocence after being accused of her murder. Subplot: he also has to defend his daughter from a mysterious organization, out to kill “everyone he loves”. Sound familiar? See, that’s what we meant.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Is On The Lam In "Taken 3" [Trailer + Pictures]
Things are finally quieting down for Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). After the ex-special forces operative tracked down and returned his daughter (Maggie Grace), then his wife (Famke Janssen) following their captures, Mills is now settling into a normal life in Los Angeles. But when his wife is suddenly murdered by an unknown villain, Mills finds himself accused and ends up on the run from the LAPD. Inspector Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) heads up the investigation against Mills and orders him to give himself up. But Mills is not going down until he looks for his wife’s murderer, finds them, and kills them.
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Liam Neeson returns for 'Taken 3', but it will be the last movie in the series.
Liam Neeson will reprise his role as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in a third instalment of the Taken movies - set for January 9 - and the Irish actor has confirmed that it will be the final movie in the series.
Liam Neeson in 'A Walk Among the Tombstones'
This time, Mills is the hunted prey after he's framed for the murder of someone close to him.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Set To Use A Particular Set Of Skills In 'Taken 3'
Although the plot isn't particularly original, a darkly internalised tone makes this low-key thriller oddly compelling. It may be the usual serial killer nastiness, but it also pays attention to earthier themes like morality and the futility of revenge. Meanwhile, Liam Neeson is able to combine his more recent action-hero persona with his serious acting chops this time. And writer-director Scott Frank infuses the film with moody grit, quietly subverting each cliche of the genre.
The action picks up eight years after Matt (Neeson) stopped drinking and quit the police force, following a shootout that went horribly wrong. It's now 1999, and New York is in the grip of Y2K paranoia. Matt is working as an unlicensed private detective who uses word-of-mouth to find clients. So Matt is intrigued when one of his 12-step friends (Boyd Holbrook) introduces his brother Kenny (Dan Stevens), a wealthy drug trafficker whose wife was kidnapped and then murdered even though he paid the ransom. As Matt digs into the case, he realises that the two killers (David Harbour and Adam David Thompson) have a left a string of similar victims in their wake, and that the murders are connected. Meanwhile, Matt takes in homeless teen TJ (Brian "Astro" Bradley), an observant kid who helps him work piece together the clues. And together they try to figure out where the killers will strike next.
This story unfolds with a remarkably gloomy tone, combining horrific violence with introspective drama. This mixture can feel rather jarring, especially as it wallows in the nastier side of human existence. Every character is tortured in more ways than one, with lost loves, physical afflictions and internal demons. Even the smaller side roles are packed with detail, including Olafur Darri Olafsson's creepy cemetery worker and Sebastian Roche's frazzled Russian mobster. All of this adds texture to the film, a welcome distraction from the grisly central plot, which is never played as a mystery, but rather as an inevitability.
Continue reading: A Walk Among The Tombstones Review
The movie based on James Dashner's novel looks set to beat Liam Neeson’s ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ for the box office top spot.
The Maze Runner is predicted to top the US box office this weekend, with estimated earnings of $24million. The young-adult thriller opened on Friday (September 20th) to mixed reviews, but it seems US moviegoers have chosen it this weekend over Liam Neeson’s latest offering, A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Dylan O'Brien leads the cast in The Maze Runner
Starring Dylan O'Brien of ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘Skins’ Kaya Scoderlario, The Maze Runner is hoping to cash in on the popular young adult market, which made millions for franchises such as the Hunger Games and Twilight.
Continue reading: 'The Maze Runner Set' To Top US Box Office With $24 Million Opening Weekend
On the eve of the release of 'A Walk Among Tombstones', Liam Neeson has spoken about working with U2's Bono on a new movie.
Liam Neeson has revealed that he and Irish musician Bono have been working on a movie idea for six years. The actor and U2 singer who have been friends for many year are developing a story inspired by the Irish show-band phenomenon of the Seventies.
Liam Neeson in 'A Walk Among Tombstones'
"We chat, or with him [Bono] a lot of the time I just listen," Neeson told the Independent ahead of the release of his new movie A Walk Among Tombstones, "He's a wonderful man. He's got an idea for a script which we've been working on for the past six years."
Continue reading: Liam Neeson And Bono Have Been Working On Movie For Six Years
Liam Neeson has scored with another taut thriller.
It's difficult to knock Liam Neeson and the transformation for his career. He wasn't Matthew McConaughey. He wasn't being typecast, particularly. He wasn't getting bogged down with romantic-comedies, or throwaway thrillers.
Liam Neeson in 'A Walk Among Tombstones'
Stellar turns in Les Miserables, Michael Collins, The Endurance and Gangs of New York led to an incredible Oscar-nominated in performance in Kinsey. And then a formulaic, French produced action movie came along, Taken. Based on a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, the movie starred Neeson as a retired CIA operative from their elite Special Activities Division who sets off to track down his teenage daughter after she is kidnapped. It made almost $200 million more than its production budget and proved Neeson still had the on-screen presence to delight as a Hollywood leading man.
Continue reading: 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Classic Liam Neeson Fare
Which films were on the brink of a completely different lead star?
With Robert Downey Jr fitting so perfectly as likeable irritant Tony Stark, Christian Bale slipping so easily into the tortured billionaire psyche of Bruce Wayne and Daniel Day-Lewis transforming himself into the epitome of Abraham Lincoln, it's hard to believe that for all of the above roles, there were some serious previous contenders. But contenders there were and some of the not entirely savoury.
Tom Cruise as Iron Man
The pint-sized action hero made it his mission impossible to kick ass as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt, but could he have romanced Pepper Potts in quite the same way as Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man? It seems like we very nearly found out with Cruise at one point in serious contention to play the arrogant but entertaining genius.
Continue reading: Lead Film Roles That Could Have Looked Very Different
Matt Scudder gave up his high-flying job with the NYPD after accidentally shooting dead a civilian while chasing away a group of criminals trying to rob the bar he was drinking in. Now working as an unlicensed private detective, this recovering alcoholic is enlisted by a man who wants Matt to find the kidnappers who took his ransom and murdered his wife. These kidnappers are no amateurs, however; they very meticulously choose their victims and it isn't long before they discover that Matt is looking for them. He may be used to taking down some pretty ruthless criminals, but he's never faced anything like this before and is constantly feeling as though he is one step behind his opposition. To nab criminals like these, he can't work within the law himself - but will that turn him into something he's tried so hard to avoid?
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After the success of Ted, Seth MacFarlane gives himself his first leading-man role in this hilarious but overlong comedy-Western. The film is clearly a passion project, as it reveals MacFarlane's love of the genre with knowing jokes in between the usual gross-out humour. But it also feels stretched rather thin, and would feel even funnier with a zippier pace and tighter story.
In 1882 Arizona almost anything can kill you. Albert (MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who has very little respect in his tiny frontier town. His girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) has just dumped him and taken up with smug Moustachery manager Foy (Neal Patrick Harris). And his best pal Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) has issues of his own, determined to wait until marriage to have sex with his fiancee, the town's most popular prostitute Ruth (Sarah Silverman). Then a stranger rides in: Anna (Charlize Theron) is trapped in a marriage to the local outlaw Clinch (Liam Neeson) and needs a place to hide. And in Albert she finds the kind of nice guy she thought didn't actually exist in the West.
MacFarlane's most clever decision was to surround himself with terrific actors who can effortlessly play both comedy and drama. As a result he just about gets away with a performance that doesn't stretch him at all. Theron is especially good, bringing an offhanded humour to her scenes that grounds the entire film. She may roll her eyes at the bad jokes while laughing openly at the good ones, but she stays firmly in character, which makes her scenes with MacFarlane and Neeson crackle with all kinds of romantic energy.
Continue reading: A Million Ways To Die In The West Review
Love is never uncomplicated and when a third person gets involved, it can make things even more difficult. Michael is an award-winning novelist who has left his wife for a much younger lover. He is in Paris finishing his latest book which eerily seems to reflect his own personal problems which get more intense by the day. Meanwhile, a dodgy businessman named Scott travels to Rome to get involved in a fashion design scam only to meet an attractive young woman named Monika. She reveals that she has finally been given the chance to see her daughter again but when the money she needs to see her is apparently stolen, Scott finds himself embroiled in a much deeper con. Then there's Julia, a former actress who has been refused contact with her child and is going through a serious legal battle to be able to hold her son again.
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Albert is a rather introverted sheep farmer who tries at all costs to avoid confrontation with the occasional gun-toting outlaw who may pass through the small Arizona town in which he lives. His reluctance to engage in any kind of combat has cost him his girlfriend, but on the upside, he's still alive - which is more than can be said for a large percentage of townspeople. There is danger is every turn and Albert is feeling a little low in confidence - that is, until the arrival of the town's feisty new resident Anna. She wants to show him how to aim and fire a loaded pistol and, generally, how to win a fight, which is just as well because one man is on his way over with the intention of dominating the town with his formidable reputation. Unfortunately for Albert, he's Anna's estranged husband and, with Albert having spent so much time with her, it is starting to look like he's finally run out of luck.
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The Prophet has been in development for two years and Roger Allers, Salma Hayek and co. are finally (almost) ready to unveil the fruits of their labor.
Salma Hayek took to Cannes to show and promote The Prophet this weekend – her own creative baby, based onKhalil Gibran's philosophical novel. Hayek is producing the film, with Roger Allers co-directing with a long list of creatives, including Tomm Moore, Joan Gratz, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Paul and Gaeton Brizzi, Michal Socha, Nina Paley and Mohammed Saeed Harib, each of whom was in charge of a separate thematic section of the animated flick.
Salma Hayek has a personal attachment to The Prophet.
As its producer, Hayek is very dedicated to The Prophet, not least because it’s a pet project of hers and one she associates with her childhood. She talked about it at Cannes, where the film had an in-progress screening this week.
Continue reading: Salma Hayek Reveals Hard Work Behind "The Prophet" At Cannes In-Progress Premiere
Is James Cromwell playing 'The BFG'?
Oscar nominees Liam Neeson and James Cromwell are the early favourites to land the lead role in Steven Spielberg's The BFG. Towering Hollywood star Neeson is available at 6/1 with Paddy Power, while Cromwell - a character actor of the highest quality - is the frontrunner at 2/1.
Will James Cromwell Play The BFG?
Elsewhere, the UK's very own Stephen Merchant is in with a shout at 10/1, while Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams is at 20/1. David Hasselhoff could resurrect his acting career and is a 50/1 shot - which would be ridiculous - while Premier League football Peter Crouch is 250/1.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson, James Cromwell Favourites For Spielberg's 'The BFG'
When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun. But it also tries to force everything into a trite Hollywood formula, unnecessarily adding clunky songs, goofy comedy sidekicks and big action set-pieces. Still, there's enough fresh storytelling and lively humour to keep us engaged, and some spectacular animation too.
It's set in the Great Karoo desert, where a herd of zebras has fenced off its own watering hole. But as a drought sets in, bullied half-striped zebra Khumba (voiced by Jake T. Austin) becomes worried about the animals outside. When he hears about a mythical pond that can restore his stripes and supply water to everyone, he leaves his best pal Tombi (AnnaSophia Robb) to take an epic trek across the desert. Along the way he picks up a variety of goofy travelling companions, including a hyena (Steve Buscemi), buffalo (Loretta Devine) and ostrich (Richard E. Grant). But he's also hunted by the vicious half-blind leopard Phango (Liam Neeson), who blames Khumba for his own hot-tempered misfortunes.
The animators far surpass the simplistic script with imagery that takes the breath away, from expansive landscapes to cleverly designed characters. And as the wacky sidekicks continually try to push the film over into slapstick silliness, the startlingly violent Phango reminds us of the darker side of nature as well as some deeper African cultural issues. This mix sometimes feels jarring, but that works in the film's favour. As do some inspired comical gags involving, for instance, a nutty sheep (Catherine Tate), a gang of hilariously agreeable meerkats and a herd of dumb-jock springboks.
Continue reading: Khumba Review
NO dogs were saved
Remember when John Malkovic saved the life of a man who managed to slit his throat in the street? Well, it was reported that Liam Neeson apparently saved a stray dog when kids were throwing stones at it. This, however, has been denied by the star.
Liam Neeson didn't save a dog. He didn't save a dog.
Reports suggested the Non-Stop actor came across “Three gangbanger wannabe types who were throwing rocks at a stray they’d cornered up against a trash bin,” a source told ShowbizSpy.com.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson DIDN'T Give Dog-Abusing Central Park Thugs The Movie Star Treatment
Who would pass up the chance to be James Bond?
Who wouldn't want to be James Bond? Well it turns out there are a few in Hollywood who just weren't that enamoured with putting on a suit and become 007. Liam Neeson has just confessed that he turned down the role in order to marry wife Natasha Richardson, but what other Hollywood stars also gave Bond a no and WHY?
Liam Neeson could have played James Bond
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Rejected James Bond. 10 Others Who Could Have Been 007.
Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' topped the box-office during Oscars weekend.
While all eyes were on the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (March 2, 2014), box-office boffins were tapping away on their calculators to figure out who had reigned supreme at the theaters. Liam Neeson's latest thriller Non-Stop - which received decent to middling reviews last week - was top of the shop, taking $30 million between Friday and Sunday.
Liam Neeson in 'Non-Stop'
Neeson plays an air marshal who must stop a string of murders on an international flight. It's pretty standard fare from the Irish actor, though since Taken, Neeson has found that there's a huge appetite for his action-thrillers.
Continue reading: Forget The Oscars, Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' Has Topped The Box-Office
'Non-Stop' isn't the best film you'll ever see, and, surprisingly, not the worst...
Stripping down Non-Stop into the ingredients that make it gives a good indication as to what you should expect: Liam Neeson. Air Marshal. Crazed terrorist demanding money. 40,000 feet in the air. Gillian Anderson. Bomb. Cryptic text messages.
Liam Neeson doing what he does best 'bemused proffesional'
Sounds bad, no? Well it is, but – according to a bunch of critics – not as bad as you might think. We had this pinned down as a 13% stinker on Rotten Tomatoes, but would appear as though the review-aggregating site has totted the reviews up to the sum of 59%, at the time of writing anyway.
Continue reading: Somehow, Critics Don't Think 'Non-Stop' Is Terrible, But It's Still Pretty Bad
It's rushed, implausible, convoluted and immensely fun, say critics.
We already know that Liam Neeson is good under pressure – or his characters are, anyway. Now we’re about to see what happens when you put the man up in the air. In his latest film, Neeson plays an air marshall on a non-stop flight, which (of course) gets hijacked. The critics are already (mostly) in love with Non-Stop and with Neeson’s performance in particular.
Believable this is not, but the critics are in love anyway.
“Non-Stop is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits greatly from the intangibles Neeson can be counted on to supply,” says the LA Times’ Kenneth Turan, noting the tangible urgency in Neeson’s acting, as well as Jaume Collet-Serra’s expert direction.
Continue reading: "Non-Stop" Gets Cautious Thumbs Up From Critics [Trailer + Pictures]
With a premise not much more believable than Snakes on a Plane, this slickly made thriller entertains us from start to finish by never flinching once. It may be utterly ridiculous, but it's played with full-on dedication by a gifted cast and a filmmaker who knows how to ramp up tension out of thin air, so to speak. Yes, it's utterly idiotic, but it's so much fun that we want a sequel even before this film crashes to the ground.
Relapsed alcoholic Air Marshal Bill (Neeson) has far too much personal baggage as he heads to work on a trans-Atlantic flight. Still grieving over his daughter's death as he drinks a bit of coffee with his whiskey, his hopes of a quiet flight are soon dashed when he receives an in-flight text threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes if he doesn't pay a huge ransom. So he kicks into action-man gear. But things start getting seriously surreal as he struggles to find anyone on the plane who doesn't look shifty. He seeks assistance from steely stewardess Nancy (Dockery) and too-helpful passenger Jen (Moore). But everyone begins to wonder if Bill might be the real villain here.
Filmmaker Collet-Serra packs the screen with red herrings, as all of the passengers fire wary glances at each other, moan about the general chaos of the flight and do all of those stupid things that make air travel so tiresome. The only thing missing is a screaming baby. Not that you'd hear it above the crazed panic this cat-and-mouse situation induces. It's so frantic that we barely have time to wonder how someone could get on a plane with a briefcase full of cocaine. Or a bomb. So we just hang on as the turbulence escalates.
Continue reading: Non-stop Review
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