Liam Neeson has become Hollywood's go-to-guy when they need someone to take down a terrorist, kidnapper or any other evil character that they can come up with. He teams up again with director Jaume Collet-Sera (Unknown) as a Bill Marks, an air marshal working a night flight from New York to London.
He's an ex-cop with a drinking problem and to make matters worse, he doesn't like to fly, or as he explains to Jen (Julianne Moore), the passenger in the next seat, he's only afraid on take offs-- not what you'd call a great career choice.
As he arrives in the terminal before boarding, you see him zeroing in on potential threats. He's listening to people's conversations, looking at their laptop screens as he passes by and giving them a quick assessment to avoid problems in the air. Its probably what every good air marshal does, only this one doesn't want to be on this flight, ( he's fighting with his superiors) and he wants a drink pretty badly.
Shortly after take off, he gets a text threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to an offshore account. Of course everyone is now a suspect. Marks looks like he hasn't slept in a week, he has a chip on his shoulder and he's willing to beat up anyone that gives him the slightest reason. Add to that, the fact that he is a large, hulking man and he's confined in a relatively small area at 40,000 feet in the air, and you have a thrilling ride on your hands.
The best thing about the film is that that you're never quite sure who the killer is, even Jen changes from friendly and caring to a woman with a hard edge. With the success Neeson has had with this type of action/thriller, this most likely won't be his last. And I for one, am glad about that.