Bill Marks is a US Air Marshall who is (surprise, surprise) an alcoholic. His life has always been lackluster since the death of his daughter, and has been moving in alcoholic form since. While on a flight to London, his secured line gets a message, saying that if he doesn’t deposit 150 million dollars in an account, a passenger will die every twenty minutes. The catch? The account’s under his name, making him the terrorist.
From the start of the plane scenes, the camera has been focusing on specific people, and some passengers seem to have a stand-out ability, noting the audience that these are the people that we should be paying attention to. It was very obvious which passengers to keep an eye on, who it might be, so in terms of subtlety, Jaume Collet-Serra does not do much about it.
I liked how the flow of events transpired. I thought that some parts were sort of smart, but as the events unfolded, it all pretty much gets explained. At the end, the movie looked like it fulfilled a cycle of life, like the beginning is the end, or something like that. It was a fun movie to watch, as it keeps you at the edge of your seat and just entertains you. It doesn't try to be dramatic, and despite the cliche back story, it doesn't cloud anything to the movie. The final act was definitely the top of the cherry, but seeing how the movie was filmed, it was easy to pinpoint what factors were going to be involved in the scheme.
All in all, it’s an entertaining movie. It doesn't have any pretenses but just to entertain and basically keep you on your feet. This reminds me of what Ryan McNeil wrote recently (link), and I think if you get what you expected in a movie like this, then it’s good enough.
Final Word: It was entertaining. It doesn’t go beyond its borders yet you know that the plot has been rehashed over and over again.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy
Director: Jaumer Collet-Serra