7:00 PM, 5th July, 2014
An elite squad of DEA agents (Ah-nold, Worthington, Holloway, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Max Martini) have just pulled off the biggest bust of their career, and secretly pocketed millions of ‘surplus’ evidence for themselves in the process. As soon as the secret retirement fund is safely stashed away, members of the squad are one-by-one targeted for assassination. Arnie and co. tread a fine line as they try to help Investigator Caroline Brentwood (Williams) track down the culprit without revealing the obvious motive, lest it bury every surviving member of the crew.
Sabotage is a gritty action twist on the popular And Then There Were None / Ten Little Indians plot trope from writer/director/so-hot-right-now B-movie master David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day). Look out for a tense, dramatic thriller with big guns and jovially snarled one-liners. The ensemble is top-shelf (well, top of the B-shelf) and hopefully the kick start old favourite Arnie needs after the stumble his comeback has faced.
Even if it is not (and given that revelations of his unsurprisingly sordid personal life has managed to kill two of his best movies to date it’s a reasonable bet ‘not’ will be the case), watching grampa Arnie mow down evil drug dealers will be a nostalgia trip for anyone who remembers the ’90s.
8:59 PM, 5th July, 2014
It’s Taken on a plane!
Liam Neeson continues his action man career renaissance with this edge-of-your-seat mystery thriller set entirely on board a commercial airliner. During a transatlantic flight from New York to London, US air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic and threatening text messages on a secure communication channel demanding that $150 million be transferred into a specified bank account. If these instructions are not complied with, a passenger on the flight will be killed every twenty minutes.
At first sceptical of the mystery messenger’s claims, Marks is quickly convinced when a man turns up dead in the plane’s lavatory after the first twenty minutes are up. Springing into action, Marks must find the killer and stop him before he kills again, all while a conspiracy begins to mount and the passengers and crew slowly turn against him.
Showing no signs of slowing down despite being well into his 60s, Neeson once again uses his towering physical presence and gravelly Irish voice to great effect and gravitas as a man on a mission. Bound to draw comparisons to Neeson’s recent, similar turns in the Taken series, The Grey and Unknown (also directed by Non-Stop’s Collet-Serra), the film sets itself apart with some creative and stylish direction and a Hitchcockian gut-wrencher of a script that just piles on the suspense and surprises. So if you’re jonesing for an adrenaline fix, make sure you book your ticket for this Non-Stop thrill ride at the ANU Film Group!