Michael S (YLOWBSTARDreturns)Toronto, Ontario
Michael's Recent Reviews
"300: Rise of an Empire" deserves credit for two things; a unique structural timeline for a sequel that takes place before, during, and after the events of Zack Snyder's far superior "300," and secondly the intense, sexy, hilariously over the top presence of Eva green. Save for these two things, "Rise of an Empire" is a rather bland effects-laden spectacle, in search of an identity and a higher level of directorial ingenuity.
Slick direction and production values... and the incomparably epic screen presence of Liam Neeson in genre mode propel "Non-Stop" commendably to a level of REALLY solid action thrillers. It's always a treat when a movie just wants to entertain you and succeeds. It is silly, it's far from perfect or even entirely satisfying (by the VERY end), but it's a movie that's so consistently fun, tense and crafty in it's acting and filmmaking that any apparent problems with the proceedings can easily be overlooked. Admittedly, some won't be able to forgive the pretty ridiculous and disappointing reveal in the films final act, but I couldn't bring myself to mind much. We're talking about entertainment here after all, and I'd see "Non-Stop" again in an instant; or at the very least when it inevitably becomes a staple of cable T.V!