Viewed – 05 July 2014 Pay-per-view
Liam Neeson has become quite the go-to guy for action thriller’s of late, following his superb turn in ‘Taken’. We won’t mention the sequel… So I generally find sitting down to his latest hard-as-nails agent in a difficult situation thriller an easy prospect. He plays a U.S. Air Marshall boarding a plane as the hired security. All seems well until he receives a text from a fellow passenger saying someone on the plane will be killed every twenty minutes, unless $150 million is transferred into an account.
A good concept and a claustrophobic setting make for a very interesting twist on the usual terrorist plot-device. Neeson is great as always, and the fact the terrorist makes Neeson look like he’s the guy hi-jacking the plane adds bags of tension. Along the way various suspects turn up for who the texter may be and you’ll surely have your theories, which makes for fun guess-who shenanigans as Neeson tries every trick in the book to unmasks his tormentor. Julianne Moore plays a passenger Neeson befriends but adds little considering her name, and much of the supporting cast, the pilot, various passengers etc just make up the numbers. So have no doubt this is Neeson’s gig all the way.
Towards the end the final unmasking felt a little ‘er.. what?’ with the motives somewhat confusing, but throughout there was enough tension and red herrings thrown about to keep this viewer gripped. Neeson may still be trying to reclaim the brilliance of Taken, and this still falls short, but overall I came away suitably entertained.
Verdict: 3 /5