First they came for Liam Neeson’s daughter. Bad move; he got his daughter back and killed a bunch of guys. Then they came for Liam Neeson’s ex-wife and even for Liam Neeson himself. Strike two! He freed himself and his ex with the help of grenade echolocation, and slaughtered even more baddies. Now they’ve come… for his commercial airliner! Duh duh duhhhhhhhhh!
Here’s the trailer for Neeson’s next action vehicle, Non-Stop, featuring Neeson as a reluctant air marshall dealing with a mid-air hijacking and a complex blackmail scheme. It’s directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously helped Neeson reach new heights of stubbly machismo in 2011 thriller Unknown.
The trail of the tape
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Screenwriters: Christopher Roach, John W. Richardson
Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll
Release date: February 28, 2014
Tagline: “The hijacking was just the beginning.”
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “I’m not hijacking this plane. I’m trying to save it!”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
I’m so torn on this one. On the one hand, I’m immediately turned off by the fact that Liam Neeson says he hates flying yet he works as an air marshall. If I hated writing about Liam Neeson trailers, I wouldn’t very well get a job working as the news editor of film website, now would I? No, I wouldn’t.
On the other hand, I’m immediately attracted to the notion of Liam Neeson grabbing his gun out of mid-air and firing at someone in the middle of a plane crash. This appeals to me greatly. If maybe there was a point in the movie where Neeson turned very gravely to Julianne Moore and said, “Listen to me very carefully: Your baggage… is going to be taken,” then I’d be totally ready to commit to buying 600 tickets.
We recently saw Liam Neeson survive another movie plane crash in The Grey. So basically, guys, if you ever see Liam Neeson waiting in an airport, immediately make alternate travel plans.