An air marshal called Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
Starting off with a weird beginning of Marks arriving at the airport and getting on the plane – for some bizarre reason when they needed to show he is an alcoholic they got him drinking and made the screen blurry, why blurry? No idea – the film essentially boils down to a whodunit with Marks – and the help of fellow passenger Jen Summers (Julianne Moore) and air hostess’ Nancy (Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey) and Gwen (Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave) – trying to work out who is threatening him and killing someone every twenty minutes. So it’s basically Cluedo – or in U.S. Clue – on a plane with 150 passengers (an actual party amount compared to the seven on Cluedo (don’t forget Mr. Black)) with the countdown of killing someone every twenty minutes.
Neeson brings a different side to his acting, yes there are elements to his Taken character but something feels different about it – is it because his alcoholic? Probably. What annoyed me the most – even though it is probably difficult to create amazing special effects for some of the scenes – was that in one scene something happens which makes everyone and everything that is not fastened and secure fly up hit the ceiling in the plane and crash back down to the floor. When this happens an airhostess and bags and objects go up in the air and when everything falls the place is a mess, yet ten minutes later in the business class there are still perfectly non-scratched nor broken glasses filled with alcohol sitting in the glass cabinets/shelves at the bar. They would have been on the floor or smashed.
Similar to others in the cinema – you could hear the surprise gasps – the reveal/twist at the end of the film was a surprise and worth seeing. There are twists in the film and there are double twists – oh yeah – but the beginning and possibly part of the middle doesn’t keep you on the edge of the seat – it’s only until someone (by the villain) dies and when the passengers question what’s going on when things start to pick up.