Bill Marks (Neeson) is a burnt out alcoholic who barely goes through the motions as a federal air marshal. Then on a flight he gets a text telling him that someone is going to be killed every 20 minutes unless he wires 150 million to an anonymous account. 3 people die (including the pilot) in the next 60 minutes as he desperately chases false leads. He himself is suspected of being the extortionist. He learns that the money is not the reason for this plot and that there is a bomb set to explode on the plane. It does, tearing a huge hole in the back on the plane. How does he kill the bad guys (there are two) land the plane safely, and save a little girl's life in the process (there is a subplot about his daughter dying of cancer when she was little)
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Best part of story, including ending:
It's a well made movie where you don't guess the ending or even the next plot point. The fly in the ointment for me was when the main bad guy was explaining why he did all this. He was in Iraq and when he came back he wants to show America that flight security is not tough enough. Really? You're going to blow up a plane with yourself in it to prove that we need better security on airplanes? What total hogwash. Until then, on it's own terms it was a believable movie. Why couldn't they have made his motivation the money or a hatred of America or even a hatred of Liam Neeson? Why make the whole movie ridiculous in the last 20 minutes?
Best scene in story:
There is a scene where Liam Neeson goes flying backward through the plane. It isn't Liam. it's his stunt double hooked up to a lot of cables pulling him backward. But it's still cool.
Opinion about the main character:
It's Liam Neeson being his bitter, disillusioned, boozy but basicly decent self. What's to dislike?