THE HIJACKING WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
During a London-bound flight alcoholic federal air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) starts receiving texts from an anonymous passenger threatening to kill others on the plane unless $150 million is transferred to an account. Unknown (2009) director Jaume Collet-Serra reunites with Neeson for another thriller and shows once again that they know how to build and maintain suspense in spite of a script that you really don’t want to examine too closely. The bad guy’s motives are hard to believe and some situations are too easily resolved, but Neeson and Julianne Moore are engaging and as popcorn fare it’s very enjoyable.
2014-U.S.-France-Britain. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Music: John Ottman. Cast: Liam Neeson (Bill Marks), Julianne Moore (Jen Summers), Michelle Dockery (Nancy Hoffman), Nate Parker, Linus Roache, Scoot McNairy… Lupita Nyong’o.