It should have been business as usual for Bill Marks. Working as an air marshal, his assignment is to ride on a trans-Atlantic flight from New York to London. Since the attacks of 9/11/2001 it is commonplace for air marshals, like Marks, to travel on planes unidentified. This flight is different. Not long after take off a terrorist threatens to begin killing passengers if his demands are not met. This will take all the training that Marks has had to discover the terrorist and save the lives of everyone on the plane.
Given that nearly the entire movie takes place on a plane, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for error as it confines both the characters and story. The depth of the characters felt convoluted at best most of the time. Understandably, the attempt was to build tension and suspense but it was more like confusion and boredom. The actors did a fine job for their part with good performances all around. Special effects were not that special though. I think I’ve played video games with more realistic looking air planes.
As much as I like Liam Neeson as the bad-ass in a movie, I can’t say this was one of his better ones. Taken, the original – not the terrible sequel, was much better and I recommend watching it instead, especially if you haven’t already seen it. Sadly, I can’t say this movie was any more than ok.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found over at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!