Liam Neeson is staring in yet another action film where he is forced to save the day. From director Jaume Collet-Serra, comes an action thriller that takes place 40,000 feet above the ground on a plane going from New York to London. For anyone who is a fan of Taken or The Grey, this movie will not to fail to please. Although Neeson seems to play the same kick-butt character in every movie he plays, it’s hard to find anyone who would argue that he doesn’t play the part perfectly.
Neeson plays the role of Bill Marks, an alcoholic air marshal with some skeletons in his closet. As Marks is getting ready to board the plane, he profiles the passengers. Once on the plane, he is confronted by Jen Summers, played by Juliane Moore, nervously inquiring if she could sit in the window seat next to him.
Once in the air, Marks begins to receive texts from an unknown sender. Upon further inquiry, the unknown man threatens to kill someone every 20 minutes until he receives 150 million dollars in an off-shore account. The unknown man goes on to acutely tell Marks what he had just previously done with eerie precision. Flabbergasted by this new threat, Marks begins to immediately survey the surrounding passengers with suspicion. He then goes and tells the other air marshal on the plane about what happened—apparently some planes get two air marshals, who knew? However, the other air marshal told him to disregard the message.
Marks, ignoring the comment from his colleague, requests the help of the flight attendant Nancy, played by Michelle Dockery, with whom he has a previous relationship, to help him find the person sending him these messages. He also calls upon the help of Summers, the passenger sitting next to him, to help him survey the plane.
He and his two helpers go in front of the security monitors on the plane—which I never knew existed—to try and catch the unknown man. With Nancy and Summers looking at the monitors, Marks starts a text chain with the unknown man as they look at the monitor attempting to locate the man.
Marks, spotting the fellow air marshal using his phone, goes after him and confronts him in the bathroom. After a long battle between the two air marshals, where Marks obviously prevails by killing his fellow air marshal, we find out that his colleague was paid a great amount of money to bring over a large amount of drugs in his briefcase.
Marks then receives a text to restart the timer because the first person had died. Keeping what had happened secret in order to prevent mass hysteria, he begins to go through the entire cabin to find whoever is sending these messages.
Later, as his 20 minute time limit is running down, the plane drops as if it hit extreme turbulence. He receives a text message saying that it was never stated that the person who is going to be killed would be a passenger. Realizing the severity of what happened he runs to the front of the plane to find the captain of the plane dead.
At this moment, suspicion begins to rise about who it could be. Everyone is a suspect in Marks’s head. The news on the ground begins to discuss the hysteria on the plane saying that Marks is the hijacker. The passengers begin to become restless, demanding answers about what is truly going on. In order to prevent too much of the movie being directly stated in this review, I am going to stop there with my synopsis of the movie.
Overall, this movie has the high impact action and awesome beat-em-up Liam Neeson fight scenes to please any movie fan. However, if you are looking for a lot of suspenseful drama with realistic protocol, then you may not be as big of fan of this movie, but I would still recommend you to see it.