NON-STOP Blu-ray Review

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Liam Neeson has become the go-to asskicker of late.  Even more so than Jason Statham, audiences have responded to Neeson’s world-weary charms and commanding presence.  So it should be no surprise that Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop was a modest hit earlier this year.  Neeson stars as air marshal Bill Marks, who is forced to act when he’s contacted on an international flight to deliver a $150 Million ransom or a passenger will die every twenty minutes.  My review of Non-Stop follows after the jump. 

Anson Mount Talks NON-STOP on Blu-ray/DVD, How He Joined the Film, Changes to the Script, Airplane Fight Scenes, and HELL ON WHEELS Season 4

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Now available on Blu-ray/DVD, Non-Stop is a thrill ride that follows U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), who receives a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.  As things escalate, everyone is a suspect, including the air marshal, himself.  From director Jaume Collet-Serra, the film also stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Linus Roache, Corey Stoll and Anson Mount.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Anson Mount talked about how he got involved with the film, how many changes the script went through before they shot it, the duality of the character, the challenges of shooting a fight scene in an airplane bathroom, and how much he enjoyed working with Liam Neeson.  He also talked about Season 4 of his AMC drama series Hell on Wheels, where the story is taking them this season, that they’re working on the biggest set they’ve ever had, the great line-up of directors, the new additions to the cast, and how long he sees the story continuing for.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Director Jaume Collet-Serra Talks NON-STOP, Shooting on the Same Set for 40 Days, Crafting the Action Sequences, and More

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Jaume Collet-Serra keeps audiences on the edge of their seats in his air terror action thriller, Non-Stop, directed from a screenplay by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach, and Ryan Engle and now on Blu-ray and DVD.  Liam Neeson stars as a troubled U.S. Air Marshal who finds himself in a race again time to save a plane full of passengers when a mysterious villain onboard threatens their transatlantic flight with anonymous texts.  The film also features Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o.

At the recent press day held at Air Hollywood, the L.A.-based aviation studio, I sat down with Collet-Serra to discuss his fifth movie.  The Spanish filmmaker revealed why he enjoyed the challenge of making a film that takes place almost entirely on a plane, how he wanted it to be different from previous disaster airplane movies, why he preferred shooting on film instead of digitally, his approach to creating exciting action sequences, what it was like working on the same set for 40 days, and what he’s excited for audiences to see on the Blu-ray/DVD.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

NON-STOP Blu-ray/DVD Release Event at Air Hollywood with Presentation and Q&A from Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Art Director David Swayze

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With Jaume Collet-Serra’s exciting action thriller Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson
now available on Blu-ray/DVD, I recently covered a fun press day at Air Hollywood to promote the release.  Located in the San Fernando Valley, Air Hollywood is the world’s largest aviation-themed studio and has worked with every major studio and production company in Hollywood and beyond, providing sets, props, interior plane mock-ups, cockpits of all shapes and sizes, and even a standing airport terminal set.  Other recent movies that have used their services include Bridesmaids, Flight, Warm Bodies, Baggage Claim, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Million Dollar Arm.  Besides providing production friendly facilities, Air Hollywood also holds Fear of Flying classes, and recently launched the Open Sky for Autism program to assist families with autism in acclimating to air travel.

Our First Class adventure began onboard a 737 mock-up with the screening of a hilarious flight safety video spoofing key scenes from Non-Stop.  It was followed by a fascinating presentation by director Collet-Serra and art director David Swayze who used art and production stills from the movie to show how they choreographed original and exciting action in a confined space and were able to capture some of the cool shots.  Next was a brief Q&A that ended with an air turbulence simulation (without seatbelts!) followed by a personal tour of the facilities with Air Hollywood CEO Talaat Captan and COO Rob Shalhoub who showed us their extensive prop shop, other mock-up sets, the cockpit from the Lakers Champion Air airplane, and the original cockpit used in the 1980’s comedy, Airplane!  Hit the jump to read the presentation and Q&A.

New to Blu-ray: TRUE DETECTIVE, NON-STOP, COSMOS, RAY DONOVAN, JACK RYAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of very television offerings, a pair of new Criterion releases, and more.  Briefly:

Friday Box Office: NEED FOR SPEED Slows into Top Spot with Soft Opening; MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Holds Strong with Eye on the Prize

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DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed took the trophy for the Friday box office, but it’s not exactly a Daytona 500 performance.  The 3D racing film had been projected to win the weekend box office with a total take of $25 million to $30 million, but its Friday number is a soft $6.6 million, on track for a weekend take of $21 million or less.  The streak of subpar video game adaptations continues with director Scott Waugh’s racing pic, which has suffered brutal reviews (it’s both dumb and boring) and failed to muster up enthusiasm from general audiences.  Hot on Need for Speed’s tail is a film in its second week of release, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  While the film was bested by 300: Rise of an Empire last weekend, it brought in $5.4 million this Friday and should enjoy a nice family boost today, topping off at around $22 million for a photo-finish with Need for Speed.  The 300 sequel came in second on Friday with $5.8 million and should gross a solid $18 or $19 million this weekend, while Veronica Mars opened to just over $1 million for the number 9 spot.

Title Friday Total
1. Need for Speed $6,642,000 $6,642,000
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $5,800,000 $65,006,000
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $5,450,000 $47,430,000
4. Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club $3,200,000 $3,200,000
5. Non-Stop $3,200,000 $61,390,000

Weekend Box Office: NON-STOP Takes Off with $30 Million; SON OF GOD in Second with $26.5 Million

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A rare fourth frame on top was not in the cards for The LEGO Movie.  The animated hit fell to third place this weekend, surpassed by two radically different new titles.  In first place, Non-Stop is the latest thriller to star Liam Neeson and was expected by most to have a strong showing over this Oscar weekend.  What was not as expected was how close Son of God would come to shooting Non-Stop out of the sky.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Non-Stop $30,019,000 $30
2.  Son of God $26,500,000 $26.5
3.  The LEGO Movie $21,015,000 $209.3
4.  The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $65.6
5.  3 Days to Kill $4,900,000 $20.7
6.  Robocop $4,500,000 $51.2
7.  Pompeii $4,300,000 $17.7
8.  Frozen $3,611,000 $388.7
9.  About Last Night $3,400,000 $43.7
10.  Ride Along $3,065,000 $127.1

TOP 5: Adam Driver Nears Deal to Play Villain in STAR WARS EPISODE 7, GODZILLA Trailer, NON-STOP, Cinemath Meets Oscar Beat, VERONICA MARS Set Visit

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Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.

My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Producer Joel Silver Talk NON-STOP, Filming at JFK, Shooting a Fight Scene in an Airplane Bathroom, and More

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It’s tough enough to film even a fraction of a movie in an airplane.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, however, opted to take on a script that would have them shooting on a plane for 99% of the movie, and with some intense combat sequences taking place in the close quarters nonetheless.

In their fourth collaboration (following House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown), Collet-Serra and Silver bring us Non-Stop, the story of Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), an air marshal who starts getting threatening text messages while his flight is in the middle of the trip from New York to London, completely isolated over the Atlantic Ocean.  With Non-Stop due in theaters on Friday, February 28th, Collet-Serra and Silver hit the New York press circuit to sit down for a press conference.  Catch what they had to say about reuniting with Neeson, what it took to shoot a fight scene in the airplane bathroom, the challenge of integrating modern technology into the film, and more after the jump.

Friday Box Office: NON-STOP Flies to First but SON OF GOD Shines Brightest

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It is not often that there is more interest in the film that places second than in the film that comes out on top of the box office, but that is the case this morning with new releases Non-Stop and Son of God.  Although Friday night estimates put the Liam Neeson thriller on top, all eyes are on the biblical upstart.  Son of God was expected to bring in around $15 million in its first three days – a huge win for a film that is basically last year’s TV miniseries The Bible repurposed for the big screen.  But that was before the movie pulled in an astonishing $1.2 million from Thursday night screenings.  Just for context, that is close to what the hit Bad Grandpa earned from its own pre-release previews last October, although it’s hard to imagine Son of God’s audience sharing much else with the Jackass crowd.

Even with official estimates for Non-Stop and Son of God so close on Friday, weekend projections still fall in the former’s favor.  The thriller is now expected to bring in close to $30 million through Sunday, with Son of God a close second with $29 million.  Could the religious feature pull out the win?  Safe to say that stranger things have happened.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Non-Stop $10,000,000 $10
2.  Son of God $9,400,000 $9.4
3.  The LEGO Movie $4,420,000 $192.7
4.  3 Days to Kill $1,450,000 $17.2
5.  The Monuments Men $1,400,000 $62

Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore Talk NON-STOP, First Flights, Air Marshal Combat Tactics, Maintaining the Mystery, Being Approached by Fans, and More

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He rescued his daughter from human traffickers in Taken, took on a wolf with broken bottles taped to his knuckles in The Grey and now Liam Neeson is off to play an air marshal responsible for rescuing an airplane full of innocent people from an anonymous terrorist threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes.  Is it the woman (Julianne Moore) next to him who makes a stink about having the window seat?  Is it the other air marshal (Anson Mount) aboard?  What about the hothead (Corey Stoll) in coach?  Or perhaps have his own demons just caught up to him and warped his perspective?

With the answer coming our way when Non-Stop hits theaters this weekend, Neeson and Moore took the time to sit down with the New York press contingent to discuss personal in-flight memories, close quarter fight techniques, what to expect if you decide to approach Neeson in an airport with a Star Wars photo to sign, and more.  Catch our full press conference coverage after the jump. 

NON-STOP Review

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Non-Stop manages the difficult task of being a solid thriller as well as constantly silly, and the result is a film that was far more entertaining than I expected it to be.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra‘s previously filmography has been underwhelming to say the least, and his previous collaboration with star Liam Neeson, the thriller Unknown, was awful.  But paired with a solid script from John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach, and Ryan Engle, Collet-Serra keeps the story moving, the whodunit a constant question, and utilizes Neeson’s performance to ground the picture so that our eye-rolls don’t do a complete 360.

Producer Joel Silver Talks NON-STOP, Building a Plane, Casting 200 Extras, HOME INVASION, the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Remake, and More

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With films like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Matrix and many, many more to his name, if anyone can produce an action film that takes place in the confines of an airplane, it’s Joel Silver.  His latest producorial endeavor is Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop.  It features Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, an air marshal who receives anonymous text messages during a transatlantic flight, demanding that he either fork over $150 million or lose a passenger every 20 minutes.

With Non-Stop due for a February 28th release, Collider got the chance to talk to Silver about the challenges of the production.  Even after losing a truck full of cameras to Hurricane Sandy, they still managed to pull everything together, building an entire airplane outfitted with ceilings perfect for Neeson’s height and tracks that adhered to Collet-Serra’s shot selection, and selecting roughly 200 extras to portray the other passengers for the entirety of the shoot.  Check out the details of what Silver had to say about all of that, the rights payment he believes he’s owed for the use of the airline Oceanic in Lost, his horror thriller Home Invasion, the status of his Escape from New York remake and more after the jump.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra Talks NON-STOP, His Fear of Flying, Breaking Cameras, RUN ALL NIGHT, HERE THERE BE MONSTERS, AKIRA, and More

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As someone with a severe fear of the dentist, I’d take a pass on absolutely anything that would have me in a dentist’s office for a stretch of time.  (Or for five minutes for that matter.)  Jaume Collet-Serra, however, opts for the exact opposite approach.  Rather than assuage his fear of flying by avoiding airplanes altogether, he signs up for a gig that has him working in one for months.

Collet-Serra reunites with his Unknown star Liam Neeson for Non-Stop, a movie that hones in on an air marshal aboard a transatlantic flight to London.  Once airborne, the marshal starts receiving text messages from an unknown source, threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless he’s given $150 million.  With Non-Stop­ making its way into theaters on Friday, February 28th, Collider got the opportunity to talk to Collet-Serra about channeling his fear into his characters, designing his airplane set to match his shot selection and the enjoyment he gets from breaking cameras.  Hit the jump to catch all the details on Non-Stop as well as Run All Night, Here There Be Monsters, Akira and more.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See NON-STOP

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Being an action hero badass is Liam Neeson‘s thing now, and the world is a better place for it.  Even if the surrounding movie isn’t very good, he’s always the best part of it.  The gun-firing, face-punching, growly Neeson is the one we want to see, and we’re going to have a chance to him at it again with his latest film, Non-Stop.  The film is about Neeson hunting a bad guy on an airplane.  I don’t think I have to do much more to sell it, but if you need some extra encouragement, click here.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of Non-Stop.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Linus Roache, Anson Mount, and Corey StollNon-Stop opens February 28th.

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