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Review: 7500

If the coronavirus isn’t enough to keep you grounded, perhaps this will do the trick! Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the young, soft-spoken American co-pilot of a commercial flight from Berlin to Paris that is hijacked shortly after take-off. If it were anyone other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the hot seat, I may have bailed. But Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, 50/50, Inception) is so darn appealing that I can watch him in just about anything – including an intense, visceral, claustrophobic thriller that takes place almost entirely inside the cockpit of an Airbus A320. The film’s title – 7500 – doesn’t refer to the flight number. It’s the emergency code to alert Air Traffic Control that your plane’s been hijacked. 7-5-0-0. Fasten those seatbelts; you’re in for a stressful ride.


Check your cynicism and plausibility meter at the gate, because Non-Stop is fraught with narrative turbulence. So take it with a grain of salt, and enjoy it for what it is… a guilty pleasure movie. Serious-actor-turned-action-star Liam Neeson plays Bill Marks, a U.S. Air Marshal who is set up to take the fall for murder and hijacking aboard a transatlantic flight from New York to London. He gets a series of text messages en route, indicating someone will die on board the flight every 20 minutes until $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account. Let the countdown… and the body count… begin.